Take Time to Look Up…Posted: January 3, 2013
Sometimes having quiet time is quite a wonderful treat. Our time on the river began dramatically but like all storms, it started to calm down. We began to embrace the solitude that this trip was giving us. Sitting, drinking coffee and talking about absolutely nothing was a special treat that we had lost.
It is amazing how simple life really is and how much noise is created by one’s modern-day activities. Modern day time is consumed with planning, defending, correcting, or just plain explaining. This type of living can consume time. To just sit and talk about those things that are not complaints, problems, or issues reminded me of what life must have been like traveling the river in the old days.
One place we were visiting really caught my eye, Melk, Austria. At first I could not understand why we were stopping at such a small city and figured it was just a place to stop along the way. The Benedictine Abbey of Melk, was here and one of Europe‘s great cultural sites. Here’s a little background on the Abbey.
The Melk Abbey was built by the Benedictine monks over 900 years ago. The abbey has suffered numerous fires, the plague, and war damage through the centuries. Its present high baroque form was constructed in the early 18th century, and many of era’s most famous painters, sculptors, and stucco craftsmen worked on the abbey.
This place is amazing. The church builders wanted to show how heaven would look. It takes your breath away.
Here’s the thing….The journey is rough at times. It is filled with noise and pressure that can consume.
Standing in silence I reminded myself to look up.
Now I know why we stopped here.