Attentiveness is the
natural prayer of the soul.
Pay attention, there is
no time to rush.
1. The chance to celebrate my beautiful sparkle of a girl.
2. Big-ass trees
3. Big-ass rocks
4. My resilience.
When I really get my heart pumping and I stop to sit on my rock, I can close my eyes gently and see my blood moving. It rushes and swirls and empties into a type of funnel. Am I seeing my blood vessels? Must be.
I've explained this too others before and I've gotten that look. Not sure if I'm all alone in this, but it's the coolest thing and I'm grateful for it.
1. My swirling cells.
2. My gazebo.
3. Waking one minute before my alarm.
4. An earlier walk leaving more time to create.
5. This cold, flat stone supporting me
Some days it's certainly harder to shift into appreciation than others. Today, every thing I read and every person I see has something to say about last night's presidential debate. I feel like I'm deflecting all the debaters debating the debate--insults, accusations and opinions are flying from every side. I just want to curl up in bed on this misty, wet morning and numb out.
But I lace up my shoes and walk up to the woods because this is what I do, and there is my reward. The only ones yelling are the squirrels.
1. The sound of drops on leaves
2. My legs. I've got good, strong legs.
3. Shapes that make me raise my camera.
4. Friends that want to have lunch.
I don't post on the weekends. That's not because I don't feel appreciation, it's because I truly appreciate not having an obligation for two days out of my week!
1. A day with no obligations.
2. Dew falling off the trees like rain.
3. I'm proud of myself for getting up with Kelly every school morning (I'm proud of him, too!)
4. Apple friggin' pie!
5. September reflection.
I've decided to add an element to my daily appreciations:
What do I appreciate about ME?
Just one little thing...every day...no repeats.
It will probably be one of the more challenging ones to come up with on a daily basis, but I like a challenge and most of the time I like me, too. :-)
Join me on this. It's important.
1. I'm getting stronger. I can feel it.
2. Cast iron pans.
3. A daughter who talks openly to me.
I don't know if I would have remembered that it was the first day of fall, if it wasn't for Kelly. As I woke him before the sun to catch his bus, he just stretched and smiled and mumbled,"First day fall."
After waking many teenagers for the same unpleasant reason in my 22 years of parenting, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this magical child.
1. My atypically developing 16-year-old.
3. Witnessing the courage of my children--all six of them.
4. Yellow, blue and green.
5. Wooley bears!
I love this month in the East--cool misty mornings and glorious, sunny, color-filled afternoons. My first grate thing is an easy one...
2)Making it work with my boy.
3)Jeni and her magnificent facials!
5)A quiet house.
1.The sound of acorns falling.
2.My boys running to school.
3.Half Moon Run
4.Just me and the birds
5.Yellow leaves on the forest floor
Today we had our first rain in months. It would have been easy to curl up inside on this gray day, but I ventured out with my bestie and we were so glad we did. The air was humid and heavy with the scent of early fall blooms--hydrangea and roses and miniature clematis--and the rain brought out the scents of the woods.
Breathe DEEP. Ahhh...
1) perfume in the air
2) rain on my skin
3) a friend that lives down the street
4) the freedom to take a long walk
5) beautiful weeds
~I invite you
to stand in AWE
of the glorious
1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for.
Notice the Trance
We all do it—switch to autopilot when life gets busy. We forget about what matters. We no longer see the mystery. We start to live small.
It's time to wake up to your life!
Come play with me!
Start to pay attention to the simple gifts in your life. Write them down!
I like to call them my
5 Grate Things
No matter how hard the day, you can always come up with something!
Try not to repeat yourself...
dig for the good stuff and uncover the magic!
"You wander from room to room, hunting for the diamond necklace that is already around your neck." ~Rumi