“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.” ~Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, NIV
Gratitude: snow, work day ended early, but not enough snow to interrupt our plans
Joy: winetasting and dinner out with the hubby
Awareness: Starlings flew through the wall of snowflakes like darts. The harder the snow fell, the pairs of cardinals flitted about the gardenia and soon scattered across the lawn. The red of cardinals against a pure snow is breathtaking.
Gratitude: got our taxes done
Joy: a day of togetherness
Awareness: A sigh of accomplishment, the easy breathing, how the body relaxes after finishing something you dread doing.
Gratitude: a family day
Joy: making a lovely dinner and desert for my family
Awareness: Having been absorbed in the kitchen I did not notice the aromas. I went upstairs and sat at my desk and suddenly I was overwhelmed with delectable invitation to return to the kitchen.
Creativity: Impromptu photo lesson
Gratitude: waking up to a winter wonderland, but having rain wash it away in a few hours
Joy: watching chick flicks by myself
Awareness: The rustle of flannel against denim, the pull of a zipper, the clinking of a belt buckling, the slipping of feet into boots, the thud of booted feet upon the stairs…sounds of early morning rising.
Gratitude: a beautiful warm day
Joy: watching a movie with the hubby
Awareness: Warm wind whooshed my hair across my face. The warmth and the noise transported me to the beach on a spring day. The reality: pine trees instead of palm trees, dead grass instead of sand, singing cardinals instead of squawking seagulls. Still it was warm; I’ll take it!
Creativity: Tangram art and mind mapping a project
Gratitude: the value of integrity
Joy: giggling children
Awareness: Sunshine lifts my spirit, of course it could be the abundance of chocolate I’ve eaten!)I can’t help but smile every time I pass a window with bright rays reaching out to dance with me.
Creativity: drawing and writing
Gratitude: I have a thing about accepting life as it unfolds rather than the way I want it. I have faith in it, and that alone carries me a long way. Today I am grateful I am not in control.
Joy: It is National Wine Drinking Day, so therefore it is my civil duty to drink a glass of wine. In case you’re interested, National Beer Day is April 7.
Awareness: Today the sun put on a spectacular light show as it speckled the long trunks of the pines and highlighted limbs of needles here and there. She cast her eye upon the green shoots of the early hyacinths and daffodils. She lit a path across the cobblestone. She was most welcoming to her guests.