Timeout Tuesday

Monday is over (though in truth, I’ve never minded Monday’s), and it’s time to take a breather before beginning your Tuesday. Happy Tuesday my friends! ūüôā

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‚ÄúAutumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĒ Albert Camus
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Timeout Tuesday

¬†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! ūüôā Now to breathe in the sweetness of that accomplishment with a little bit of God’s handiwork.

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“To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.” -Jeanne Moreau

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T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

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The week’s top three:

3.)¬† When I click on the Publish button to publish a blog post and that beautiful pop-up appears that says “No writing errors were found.” Simple joy! ūüôā

2.)  The beauty of color Рpurple ink on white paper, the brilliant pinks, reds and oranges of a sunrise, the bright blue of a clear sky, the purity of the white clouds dotting that blue sky.

1.)  That feeling of immense freedom that comes from releasing every care, every burden to Him, knowing He will work all for good. His will, not mine, be done.

What tops your list for the week?

‚ÄúWe would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.‚Ä̬† — Harry A. Ironside

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Timeout Tuesday

For just a moment, leave the clatter and noise of the world behind and walk with me through the serene beauty of God’s blessings.

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¬†‚ÄúIn every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄĒ John Muir
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T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

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My Top Three For the Week:

3.)¬† Watching the movie Jane Austen’s Bookclub – again. I never tire of that movie. Or You’ve Got Mail. If you haven’t seen them, you won’t regret taking the time to do so.

2.)  Finding a quote that I needed to read exactly when I read it. Allow me to share it with you.

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1.)¬† Realizing that I need to take a break to re-prioritize. I won’t be¬†gone forever, only for¬†as long as¬†it¬†takes to¬†accomplish¬†said re-prioritizing. It may be a couple of weeks, it may be a couple of months, but I will¬†be back.¬† I enjoy this little corner of the world¬†too much not to. I may even post sporadically during my hiatus, but I feel the need to keep it loose and unplanned for now. I’ve met so many special people in this blogoverse, that I couldn’t help but return. I’m looking at more time¬†to work¬†on my novels, as well as less¬†time on social media and my I-phone. ¬†And time with God, family and friends? Well, that is most definitely at the very top of my list. ūüôā

Write on, and may peace be yours.

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Seize the Day

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When I was on my morning run today, it occurred to me how much of life is spent waiting for something to get here. Whether that something is:

  • Vacation.
  • A loved one coming for a visit.
  • Payday.
  • A movie you’ve been waiting to come out on the big screen.
  • The good part of a book you’re reading.
  • Summer (Winter, Fall, Spring).
  • Cleaning to be done.
  • The rain to be over (or the thunderstorm to come, for those who enjoy cozying up with a good book and a cup of tea while the thunder cracks, the rain pounds on the roof, and lightning bolts¬†illuminate the sky).
  • The wedding day (conference, reunion, anniversary, holiday, etc)¬†to arrive.
  • The weekend alone to do whatever your heart desires.

And so on and so on…

While waiting, however,¬†one’s focus is on the event¬†waited for, and so much¬†living is missed during that waiting. All that time up to the moment¬†is lived mindlessly, tasks performed without a second thought, or if thought be given, it’s often rife with anticipation of getting it done so we can get to it.

Days and years go by so quickly, that if we aren’t truly living every moment we’re given, it only results in speeding by even faster. The view outside of the window we’re looking through blurs as we’re focused on what’s not even here. And truly, do we even know it will get here? Tomorrow is not guaranteed, but only the here and now is. What we hold in our hands at this very moment, what we are experiencing right here, right now, is all we really have. Do we want to waste that precious time and experience for what may not come?

‚ÄúWe are always getting ready to live but never living.‚ÄĚ -Ralph Waldo Emerson

These thought have crossed my mind before, and I have had good intentions of changing. I tell myself, “from now on I’m going to…”

But then life happens, I fall into the old habitual rut of mindless living, I forget to appreciate the here and now, and I forget to truly live in this moment. Exactly where I am with what I have right now.

I’ve heard it said that it takes two weeks of consistently doing something to make it a habit. What if…

Each morning upon rising, I tell myself that this day, just this one day, I’m going to pay attention to each moment I’m living. I’m going to truly live, just this one day. And what if I do that consistently for two weeks?¬†After all, “One Day at a Time” are not only words of wisdom for maintaining sobriety, but a guide for life in general.

Afterall, in the scheme of things, each event we wait for is only a miniscule of time in our lives, provided we live a full life.¬† If that¬†event in time¬†actually arrives at all. And when I do come to pass, I want to know, and I want others to know, I’ve lived each God-given day to the fullest, experiencing everything possible there is to experience, whether it’s:

  • My hands in warm soapy bubbles, washing away any stress as I wash the dishes.
  • The feel of a snowflake melting on my eyelashes, or on the tip of my tongue.
  • The scent of a fragrant oil, carrying me back to a favorite memory, as scents have a way of doing –¬† it’s free transportation that allows me to live favorite moments more than once through memories.
  • The exhilaration of running in the rain or feeling the warmth of the sun caressing my shoulders.
  • Appreciating the stillness and beautiful silence¬†of early morning before the rush of traffic and chatter become the majority of the day.
  • The¬†satisfaction that being of service can bring, whether that service is keeping a clean house for my family,¬†preparing good, healthy nourishment for them, or making a difference in the life of another, no matter what that looks like.
  • Truly feeling the presence of God, hearing His still, small voice, that can only be heard in silence, and in the here and now.

‚ÄúDo not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future; concentrate the mind on the present moment.‚ÄĚ -Buddha

I will begin day one¬†in the morning¬†when my eyes open to see the first light of daybreak. But why wait until then? Right now, right here, I¬†have a book to read, words to write, prayers to say…life to really fully¬†live.

 Seize the Day. (Click for an awesome music video.)

Carpe diem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

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Top of My List for the Week:

3.)  Getting a letter in the mail from Mamounata, one of my sponsor children from Burkina Faso. She has such a passion for learning, for Jesus, and is so filled with gratitude. She inspires me.

2.)¬† Seeing my son and granddaughter come through the front door, he with that amazing, genuine smile I have always loved so much, and she with that energy and zest for life that melts this grandma’s heart. Seeing him be such an amazing daddy is such a gift.

1.)¬† My youngest son stopping by to visit for the first time since he moved out,¬† getting to see and hear¬†how well he’s doing, and watching him as he walked through the house remembering so many things. And that same son calling me early the next morning to let me know he re-broke his arm at work, was on his way to ER, and could I meet him there. No matter how old¬†my children are, when they want or need me for anything, it’s such an honor to be able to be there for them.¬† The fact that it wasn’t broken at all, but a contusion over the old break, was a blessing in and of itself. ūüôā

What are you grateful for this week? What tops your list?

‚ÄúLet us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.‚Ä̬† -Marcel Proust
Carpe diem.