“May our heart’s garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Creativity: Baking a chocolate caramel cake, art journal, writing, watercolor
Gratitude: a fuzzy blanket
Joy: A short day of work due to impending snowstorm
Awareness: I heard the pinging before I saw it. I sat in the window seat and watched the tiny icy pellets fall. In no time the snow turned to huge flakes. First objects became outlined in white and then they filled. The birds clustered at the feeders in a frenzy. I watched them flit and dive about. Two pairs of resident cardinals skimmed in and out of the gardenia, flicking their tails about. The snow dusted their feathers and spun trails through the branches.
Creativity: watercolor, writing
Gratitude: Went with hubby to check condition of job site, ice out there…made it home safely.
Joy: A phone call with Youngest
Awareness: hundreds upon hundreds of red-winged blackbirds swooped upon our lawn, along with about five or so neighbors. In flight, the red and yellow streaks painted like ziplines through the neighborhood. While foraging, you can only see the yellow and the red is tucked in. A few grackles and starlings mixed in with the blackbirds. I was amazed at the volume of chittering, sounded like a group of teenage girls!
Creativity: Writing, water color, art journal
Gratitude: that my Godchildren still think I’m cool enough to call and text me daily…I look forward to their sweet messages because I know one day they will reach the age I will suddenly not be cool or worth their time. Watching a movie with DirtMan.
Joy: A day spent with the hubby
Awareness: The glare of the sun as it bounces from the snow intensifies. I can close my eyes and still see it. It’s kind of like something you deny but once you admit its truth you cannot shut it out…it’s all you see from then on.
Gratitude: A quiet evening after a particularly hard day
Joy: A glass of wine
Awareness: A knot under my shoulder blade (pulled muscle?) makes me notice every move I make and the effort it requires to perform small tasks. It’s amazing to think of all the beautiful functions of my body I often take for granted. I realize how much I depend on my body to perform my job.
Gratitude: Amazon Prime; I love shopping from home
Joy: an early bedtime
Awareness: The morning grey gave way to pink and yellow cotton candy as it popped up through the limbs of the pines… Morning danced across the sky.
Creativity: Experimenting with oil pastels
Joy: A surprise package in the mail!
Awareness: the peace the quiet morning ushers in…nothing is sudden…darkness slowly gives in to light…a simple tweet gently transforms to birdsong
Creativity: drawing, writing
Gratitude: trust, given and received
Joy: little arms around my neck with a soft little face tucked in my neck
Awareness: children as little as ten months know how to comfort one another. I watched two ten month old little girls: One was crying and the other crawled over and wrapped her arms around her and lay her face against hers. Love is splendid. It knows no color, gender, or age. It just is. What can be greater than that?