As I prepare to take on the whirlwind joy ride of NaNoWriMo Friday at midnight, I’m finding joy in taking deep breaths of relaxation this week.
Life is often lived in such a rush, as if we’re racing to get somewhere, that so many blessings go unnoticed. The only place we will get by racing through the day is one step closer to the end. I don’t know about you, but I want to experience all that I’m given, tasting and savoring every morsel of the day, every sip as if it’s the finest, most luscious cup of coffee (perhaps wine for those of you who partake).
I want to feel the cool breeze through my hair and the raindrops splash against my cheeks.
I want to feel that lingering stretch in each muscle upon awakening in the morning, right after I’ve lifted my spirit to my God and given Him my day to orchestrate as He will.
I want to feel the sweat bead on my forehead as I feel the invigoration of a good workout.
I want to hear the birdsong of early morning, the doves calling out peacefully.
I want to hear the crunch of the leaves beneath my feet as I drink in the beauty of the fall colors.
I want to hear the crackle of the fire in the fireplace and feel its warmth on a cold evening, snuggled beneath a fleece blanket and cup of herbal tea or sea salt caramel hot cocoa.
I want to feel my lungs expand with each breath, as my heart expands with gratitude for that breath.
I want to feel the arms of my husband circle around me unexpectedly as I stand at the kitchen counter preparing dinner, his lips warm on my neck.
I want to savor that first sip of coffee each morning as I revel in the stillness of morning, when all the world around me is peacefully asleep.
I want to feel the miracle of truly living each moment of each day.
I want to take nothing for granted, but swell with gratitude for each gift given, no matter how insignificant it may seem.
And for all this, I don’t have to do anything. I simply have to be. A human being rather than a human doing.
“Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher
My Top Three for the Week:
3.) An exhilarating run on an exceptionally warm October evening, followed by a hot shower, a bowl of popcorn, a glass of A&W, and watching an episode of Castle. The ingredients for a perfect evening. :)
2.) Finally, after several years, finding strength to truly forgive myself for a mistake, allowing the healing process to begin.
1.) Time spent with my beautiful granddaughter and the joy, innocence, and heart-melting moments she brings to my life.
Carpe diem, friends. Truly seize and live this day.
What tops your gratitude list this week?
The Week’s Top Three:
3.) Completing the first draft of my book Shear Madness, which I began in Camp Nano this past July, and beginning to loosely plan the second in the series, Brush with Death, for NaNoWriMo next month.
2.) That first sweet, juicy, crunchy bite of a Honeycrisp apple on a fall day. Mmmmmm…they are the best! :)
1.) My son calling so happy to tell me that they just closed on their first house, asking if we wanted to come and see it that evening, and my baby granddaughter getting so excited when she saw papa and grandma pull in the driveway of her new home. Melted my heart then and there. :)
What tops your list this week?
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I took a timeout from the busyness of life yesterday to work on–and complete–the first draft of a new novel, Shear Madness. Hallelujah! :) Now to breathe in the sweetness of that accomplishment with a little bit of God’s handiwork.
“To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.” -Jeanne Moreau