Of gardens and gratitude

I noticed this evening that the days are definitely getting markedly shorter and it made me just the tiniest bit anxious. The loss of daylight can sometimes contribute to seasonal blues and I’m really not ready for it. So I thought I would share tip (abbreviated – click on the link for full text) from…

Hello, dahlia

Can we just pause for a moment and admire the gorgeousness that is this dahlia? She’s actually about the size of a sunflower. And I’d like to briefly point out that there *might* be a heart in her center, if you look at it just right. But there is no mistaking this heart. If you…

Shady

Is it just me or does this fence look like he’s up to something? On an unrelated note… so the surprise continues. Check out how our friend is doing. Day seventeen.

Rainy Sunday

“May you do what is right and kind, for others and yourself. May you attend to your responsibilities but also remember to make time for rest and play. May you listen for what your heart tells you is true and let it guide you. May your coffee and your humor be strong and plentiful, and…

Missed it

Well, I didn’t get a photo of the sixth day of unexpected joy and delight — it disappeared too quickly. It was a brief stare down and funny little exchange between my dog looking out the front door and a chipmunk on the porch. The startled little guy took off before I could grab a…

Yellow

“To the attentive eye each moment of the year has its own beauty and in the same field it beholds every hour a picture which was never seen before and which shall never be seen again.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Day number five … it was all yellow.

Surprise

“For the next 31 days, allow yourself to be surprised by joy. Find one tiny thing that catches you by surprise in its delightfulness or its beauty.” – Field Guide to Everyday Magic Today when I stumbled across this book during some fall cleaning, I flipped through and paused at this prompt. I went for…

Gratefully

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou Today is my day for receiving gratefully. The above zinnias came from a yard a few streets over, as the gardener was encouraging folks to cut what they wanted from the abundance. And I certainly wasn’t the only one eagerly accepting this…

Six little stories with lots of meaning

Once, a group of villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That is faith. When you toss babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That is trust. 3. Every night we go to…

The Strangest Gift

“The kindest people aren’t born that way, they are made. They are the souls that have experienced much at the hands of life, they are the ones who have dug themselves out of the dark, who have fought to turn every loss into a lesson. The kindest people do not just exist – they choose…

Surprise

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a…

Lightly, child

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly, child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. “Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. “I was so preposterously serious in those days…Lightly, lightly — it’s the best advice ever given me…to throw away your baggage…

Different

Look how much more interesting this whole group becomes when just one bloom decides to do its own thing. She doesn’t ruin the collective by letting her colors fly. She doesn’t even diminish the beauty of the other blooms. Somehow through her own uniqueness, she makes everyone around her more unique. I took this image…

Dream

Please remember: Your job is the dream of the unemployed. Your house is the dream of the homeless. Your smile is the dream of the depressed. Your health is the dream of those who are sick. Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity. Find something to be grateful for. I saw that reminder…

Great, Glorious Pieces of Good

“I make a point to appreciate all the little things in my life. I go out and smell the air after a good, hard rain. I re-read passages from my favorite books. I hold the little treasures that somebody special gave me. These small actions help remind me that there are so many great, glorious…

Look at you

Just think about it. There is no one else who is the same as you in the world. There is no one who has the same personality, the same tastes, the same smile, the same soul, the same memories, the same loving character, or the same journey. You are so unique and so special. You’ve…

Extraordinary

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” – BrenĂ© Brown Otherwise known as a walk in the park.

Exactly

“A dog is one of the few things in life that is exactly what it seems.” – unknown *Totally biased, shamelessly and unapologetically proud dog owner post* If Finnegan seems to be the happiest, smiley-faced pup you’ve ever seen, it’s because that’s exactly what he is. And I sure love him.

Good Choice

“Every day you have an important choice to make. Whether to cherish or to waste the most valuable blessing that you have — time. Today you have the choice to spend it wisely, appreciating every moment of your life, loving the people that love you, focusing on all the good that you have. Find what…

Respect Your Mother

Happy Earth Day! Took a long walk this morning, appreciating Mother Earth — her beauty, her humor and her resilience.

Special Day

“Your life journey is a special one. Cherish every single day of your life, because if you won’t, who will? Time flies so quickly and every day is a blessing. Don’t take it for granted. As you wake up every day, put your heart into every breath of yours. Be grateful to be able to…

Miracles

“The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.” – Hans Christian Andersen The tiniest reassurance: Spring really is coming.

Hold that thought

I went for an unusual mid-afternoon training run today in anticipation of the seven to 14 inches of snow in our forecast (ice is in the mix, too) headed our way that will keep me indoors for the next few days. With all of the preparations for inclement weather, you can imagine my surprise –…