Today

“Today be good to people. listen – without rushing, give the benefit of the doubt, smile – just because, slow down – just a bit, choose kindness first, and tell those you love that you love them.” — Rachel Marie Martin, author And if I might take the liberty to add to this lovely sentiment……

Ahhhhh…

“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” And this Labor Day, I’m awfully thankful for time to rest. No working. No running. No serious chores. Just a walk with friends, time looking at neighborhood flowers, lots of tennis on the television, and just…quiet. Gracious, I needed that.

More

More sunshine. More lemons. More sunsets. More bananas. More sunflowers. More yellow. More happiness.

Transition

From sunsets… to sunrises… and everything in between… I’m noticing a definite shift in nature’s color palette lately. Fall is most certainly headin’ this way.

Bigger

“Be humble. The world is bigger than your view of the world. And certainly, God is much bigger than your view of God.” – Eugene Cho

Colors of Summer

On the heels of a full weekend, these are a few photos I have to show for it. They include…dinner in Forest Park. Gorgeous flowers along my running route. And some funky tomatoes at the Farmer’s Market. Beyond having a timeframe in common, I thought the colors oddly tied them together. I’m going to miss…

Brightest

“Despite knowing they won’t be here for long they still choose to live their brightest lives.” – Sunflowers – Rupi Kaur, poet

Remember

Remember when you go into the world… To keep your eyes and ears wide open and be kind. Love one another. Take care of each other. Tell the truth. Always do your best. Listen to the big people and the little people. Explore new paths and have fun. Know that you are loved like crazy….

I hope

“I hope you live louder. I hope you laugh more. I hope you sing at the top of your lungs. I hope you drive with the windows down and let the wind rustle through your hair.  I hope you hug. I hope you kiss. I hope you surround yourself with people who make you feel…

Much

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent Van Gogh 

Good enough

She’s not at peak bloom, but she’s strong in her purpose. And what a timely sighting she was. During my run early this morning, a pair of younger women were walking in my direction. I marveled at how put together they were — slim with coordinated, sweat-free clothes and stylish hair. Especially in the heat…

Good start

Five things to do before you get out of bed: 1.) Express gratitude 2.) Set your intentions for the day 3.) Take five long, deep breaths in and out 4.) Smile for no reason 5.) Forgive yourself for yesterday’s mistakes.

Notice

“Train your mind to see the good in everything. Life is a series of tiny miracles. Notice them. Notice again and again how fortunate you are. The evidence is all around you, and it’s beautiful, and well worth gathering into your awareness.” – marcandangel

Thank you

“May the flowers remind us why the rain was so necessary.” – Xan Oku

Poetry

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” – Rainer Marie Rilke St. Louis, spring looks really good on you.

Fingerprints

“You might think that you don’t matter in this world, but because of you, someone has a favorite mug to drink their tea out of that you bought them. Someone hears a song on the radio and it reminds them of you. Someone has read a book you recommended to them and gotten lost in…

Tulip Trot

When my friend and I signed up for a “tulip trot” in the Garden, winterish weather wasn’t what we had in mind.  But that’s what it was — super cold and rainy. But it’s the Botanical Garden. And the Botanical Garden is always beautiful. We didn’t bother to trot, but we did get to see…