Stillness at sunset

COFFEE WITH WARREN, with Warren Harbeck
Cochrane Eagle, August 18, 2022

Sunset reflected on pond at Morley inspires inner stillness. Photo by Angela Kaquitts

I can’t conclude this summer’s sunset series without featuring one more that has deeply touched me in these troubled times. It’s a photo by our Stoney Nakoda coffee companion, Angela Kaquitts, a frequent contributor to these columns. (See my Aug. 27, 2020 column, “Reflection on pond and Elders.”)

“When I’m driving during the day, I look for anything that captivates me,” she told me recently at a local coffee shop. When she encountered the accompanying scene, she added, the radiance and reflection of the colours of the sunset really caught her attention.

Angela paused at the pond just south of Highway 1 near the Mînî Thnî (Morley) turnoff. Camera in hand, she captured the breathtaking moment so we could enjoy it, too.

“My mind is constantly thinking, but when I come across scenes like this, it puts my thoughts in a stand still. I can just sit there in awe at how the Creator gifted us with such a magnificent sight. With that I can exhale.”

In that stillness, she says, she can rest for a bit and reflect on the teachings of her parents, Rhonda Kaquitts and the late Gerald Kaquitts.

“We live in a world where there is so much bitterness and hate, yet we continue to move forward,” Angela commented. “Life is not meant to be easy, my Mum would say, but always move forward in prayer, with His grace. And Dad used to say we learn something from someone or something everyday.

“Always focus on one positive thing each day, so we don’t have bad days, even if it’s just a smile from a stranger, or the taste of one of your favorite foods, or a scene such as this sunset. It’s the simplest thing to do, yet it can add positivity to your day.”

Thank you, Angela, for both your sunset pond photo and the wisdom of your parents.


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