Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. ~John Muir
Gratitude: Words. Weekend trip with DirtMan…able to avoid Lockn’ traffic on route to mountains
Joy: The workweek is over and the weekend is on! Listening to some old time rock and roll on our road trip, got ice cream at a gas station, unexpected rain shower
Awareness: Traveling into a rain shower and you can actually see it clear on both sides…only where you are momentarily is being watered; life is life that. I’m not talking about the poured on soaking rain (though that happens as well) but the nourishing soul watering; not everyone gets it at the same time.
Gratitude: Time with family, Orchard peaches and apples, homegrown tomatoes, fresh air, a pink cap the hubby bought me, a beer at the hometown brewery. Sharing a profound poem I came across with DirtMan and how the words touched each of us.
Joy: DirtMan and I were exploring country roads and stumbled upon quite a gem, Staton Falls. This gave us not only a photo op but a bit of a hike as well. Cloud watching with the hubby while we were at the brewery. Friendliness of people in the country, waves everywhere and easy conversation.
Awareness: Sitting at the base between upper and lower falls, watching the many butterflies feast on giant milkweed and the water flowing and splattering onto the rocks. Listening to the combined songs of the upper and lower falls. I know I am in the midst of a Holy place. ..a tiny stream carved its way through the mountain; water shaped the mountain. Can you even imagine the power it that? If God has given a trickle of a stream that power, can you even imagine the magnitude of what he has equipped humans. We can change the world in wonderful ways…we are changing the world. We may never know the impact of our presence; our very presence is a present to the world.
Gratitude: a short hike to the family cemetery with my sister and Wylie (the dog is always up for a walk outside)
Joy: porch sitting with my mom and sister on a beautiful day filled with sunshine, breezes, birds, and a few lizards, spotting a cardinal flower by the creek, lightening bugs
Awareness: A day of nothingness is good for the soul…also good for the mind for when it empties it fills again but with fresh ideas.
Gratitude: My body, mind, and spirit: Though I might complain at times I am truly grateful my physical capabilities, my mind’s perception, and the essence is which I carry out the daily tasks required of me. I am blessed. Happiness.
Joy: Phone call from my sister. A glass of wine
Awareness: Sometimes judgment clouds my vision and I have to step back, clear my mind and heart, and start over; mainly, there are times I need not think. All I need to do is be.
Creativity: Prepping for kids art projects
Gratitude: the cold smoothness of a polished stone (red jasper is my pick today)
Joy: Phone calls with my children
Awareness: Sometimes people are so concerned with what others are doing they begin to stunt their own growth. My mantra today, “Be considerate of your fellow travelers but focus on your own journey.”
Gratitude: Kid’s naptime, a pair of cardinals flying past my window this morning
Joy: Opening my email to find an inspiration I need to hear. An added bonus was sharing it and having someone tell me it was exactly what they needed this morning.
Awareness: Every once in a while there is a day of stress that only a hot bath with essential oils and cup of herbal tea can heal.
Gratitude: A message from someone thanking me for something I did for her a few years ago. Some books I purchased on my Kindle a while ago came back into focus. I never got around to reading them…today I almost purchased one of them; glad Kindle lets you know when you’ve already purchased something!
Joy: Synchronicity at play!
Awareness: Surrendering to Spirit is peace to the soul. Simple moments are often the greatest blessings in life.