“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness
Creativity: Writing, reading a mosaic project book
Gratitude: Today I like my haircut…guess it had to grow on me, ha! Five loads of laundry completed before noon! That means I’ll have time tomorrow for stained glass. Window panes (Ever looked at what can get through the screen but doesn’t manage to make it through the glass into the house? Not a big fan of spiders and other unknown creepy crawlies.)
Joy: My mosaic book arrived today! Outside time with the little ones!
Awareness: The time and effort put into people and projects pay off in friendships, appreciation (yours or someone else’s) of a job well done.
Creativity: cut stained glass for two projects, shopped for mosaic materials, organized glass and mosaic material in my studio
Gratitude: life, good health, left overs, no schedule, books,
Joy: Scored a $44 blouse for less than $3 including tax!
Awareness: If you just reach out (talk) to the people you run into at random places on a daily basis, you’ll be surprised of common denominators.
Creativity: grinding glass for two projects
Gratitude: a laid back rainy Sunday
Joy: phone calls from a friend and from goddaughter. My goddaughter got a part (and the only talking part, mind you!) in a commercial. This little girl ( young as she is) is conscious of her fellow man’s plight. The commercial is something about the coal miners in West Virginia where she lives. No matter what you think about fuel and natural resources these are people’s livelihoods. This small child is willing to speak on their behalf, and I am more than proud of her. I’m not really sure of the context of the commercial, but she always pulls for the underdog, wants everyone to have provisions and happiness, a truly empathic child. She is the type of child who will grow up to change the world. She started a toy drive at age three, and does it yearly, so that underprivileged children are able to have Christmas.
Awareness: The Oldest brought home the remaining contents in a keg from a party he and his friends had last night. After a glass of beer, I decided I didn’t want to cook dinner. I ordered pizza so I could laze about like the rest of the crew. Anyway, while waiting for the pizza to arrive I noticed the foam patterns in my glass, how they changed from one “picture” to another as I lifted tilted the glass hitting the foam with the liquid…and how amazing this would be if we could create art in similar ways. Yeah, I’m sure people already do this in one medium (paint) or another. However, it’s not something I’ve tried, and it really has me thinking…
Creativity: created summer curriculum and schedule for work days
Gratitude: family cook out, got the little kid’s pool ready, reading time, movie at home with the hubby
Joy: Movie (Me Before You, and I enjoyed it as much as the book) with my friend
Awareness: As much as I enjoy being with my hubby who I consider my best friend, I still greatly enjoy and need time with girlfriends.
Creativity: Fun and imaginative play time with the kids…sorry, that’s all I’ve got today!
Gratitude: Super fun and busy day with the kiddos
Joy: Messages from unexpected people. Finished my book club selection “The Quality of Silence” by Rosamund Lupton
Awareness: Playing is good for the soul! Good sleep follows hard play!
Creativity: Working on plotting a project
Gratitude: Another day of fun in the sun! Lazy evening time with DirtMan
Joy: Sharing photos and suggestions from some of our hikes to someone who is planning some hiking trips in the area we’ve often tread.
Awareness: I have absolutely no singing or dancing ability, but it sure is fun when the only ones watching are kids who participate! Kids have a way of making you feel young (at least, for a short period of time. You know…before the body catches up!) and alive. Their love is genuine, their curiosity is refreshing, and their enthusiasm is contagious.
Gratitude: a remote desktop, Black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, orange daylilies, puppies, babies, laughter, grocery stores, water, food, family, love, home, books,
Joy: time, sunshine, conversation with sister and Youngest, texts with friends
Awareness: Sometimes your first impression can be wrong (don’t judge a book by its cover!) However, if your gut instinct is still saying something is not what you’re seeing, don’t dismiss it. That deep feeling is often more correct than what we see and hear. (Sometimes strangers too close to your home can make you uneasy…especially if they have no business with you.)