This picture was taken in the afternoon on Sunday 19th January, this year, 2020. This is a view of the South West coastal area of the island of El Hierro, the furthest South and West of the Canary islands. This area of sea is called Mar Las Calmas, (Calm Sea). It is part of the Atlantic ocean. If you set sail on a sail boat, ordinarily, and with no mishaps and a near on constant North Easterley wind, you should reach the Caribbean within three to four weeks at an average speed of 5 or 6 knots an hour.
The high hill I am sat on shelters Las Calmas from the North Easterlies. There was a gentle cool breeze yesterday, the only noise from that gentle breeze made by its journey through the pine trees. The cool air here makes breathing easy. The silence makes thinking easier. It is the sort of place that reminds you that amongst the stresses of life, somehow, all can be well, somehow.
But how can you say this to someone who has a loved one or a friend who has gone missing? How can you say to someone in this position that all will be well?
Because sometimes all is not well, all will not be well, and hope at all is hard to imagine, let alone find.
Can people who are suffering daily, minute by minute, second by second find some form of calmness amongst the madness and torture of their feelings?
Is there any way on Earth, or any thing on Earth that can give these people at least momentary times of calmness. periods of time, however small, when they can feel at peace with their world, even if to return to their madness and torture shortly afterwards?
Are there words that can be said? Are there places they can go? Are there people they can talk to? Are there people they can hold, are there people that will hold them?
The torture, grief, not knowing, horror and depression associated to people when loved ones and friends go missing is almost otherwordly.
These people need to feel a belonging. They need, amongst their tortured feelings to still be, and feel, a part of this working World.
Through moments of calm can we somehow help their present situations? We, as a World community must be able to do something, somethings, to ease their pain.
How can we start to create moments of calmness for those presently in so much pain?
( A blogpost from the island of El Hierro. An island, raw, dramatic and up close to nature).