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

Proof

Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully. This was last night’s sunset. I can only vaguely remember what happened yesterday or what kind of day it was, but I can clearly remember how perfectly it ended. So I’m calling it a very good day.

Just one

You have this one life. How do you want to spend it? Apologizing? Regretting? Questioning? Hating yourself? Dieting? Running after people who don’t see you? Be brave. Believe in yourself. Do what feels good. Take risks. You have this one life. Make yourself proud. — Beardsley Jones By the way, these are photos from today’s…

Amazing

“Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.” – Dr. Seuss

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…

Happy

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery — air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’” – Sylvia Plath Swap out “lake” for “mountains” and this quote describes my morning run today. Of course with a cell phone camera, it’s hard to do the scenery justice….

Godspeed

“Your life is already artful — waiting, just waiting for you to make it art.” – Toni Morrison

Perfection

“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” – Wallace Stevens, American poet

Now more than ever

“Wherever you go, be brave. To whomever you meet, be kind. With whatever you have, do good.” — Leigh Standley, artist, writer

Summer gratitude

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky is hardly a waste of time.” – John Lubbock  Yesterday I took a much-needed day off from work. While I didn’t lie on the grass, I…

Brightest

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

Reflect

Love the look of this leaf on my car.

A wish

“May every sunrise bring you hope, may every sunset bring you peace.”

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…

Gratitude check

Closing out the weekend and preparing for the new week with a gratitude check. Thanks to this weekend, I’m grateful for: Two strong runs — even in this unreasonable heat (above photo was taken during today’s run) Almost a full day spent with my younger son — and the fact that he still enjoys hanging…

Hello, little one

Tonight I left the front door open so the cats could watch the outside world through the glass storm door for awhile. (We call it cat television in our house.) As the cats hunkered down and I tidied up around the living room, I heard the sharp, alarmed chirp of a robin outside. Repeatedly. I…

Awestruck

Last night brought with it one of the strangest skies I have ever seen. Typically I think of sunsets as something viewed on the horizon, something at a distance. Not this sunset. It was like you were in its midst, and it was enveloping you. It was heavy, with a rich orange hue saturating the…

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…