Light in the Midst of Darkness

The Soul

We have had some amazing weather in Colorado the past couple of days, and today was the best. I was running this morning in the warmth, even the breeze was gentle and warm, the sun’s rays reaching the depths of my soul. The renewed energy and lightness of spirit carried me for most of my run. And I realized how uplifting it is to have this break–or timeout, if you will–in the typically cold dark middle of winter. It gives me encouragement and a glimpse of  spring that awaits just around the corner. It has the same effect as when something good happens in the midst of a whole string of bad. It offers hope. I was even able to hammer out the run-through reading of the first draft of Shear Madness, making notes of changes that need to be made–characters that need to be further developed, the plot that needs to be deepened, paragraphs that may need to be cut, catching inconsistencies in timeline and settings, etc., most of that reading done while sitting on the patio in the sun. What a blessing.

And speaking of blessings, it’s exactly those blessings among the trials in this journey of life that offer us hope for something better yet to come. Those peaks that give us renewed strength and room to breathe after walking through a valley.

One of my peaks came this weekend when I was able to re-connect with a childhood friend over dinner.  We hadn’t seen each other for over thirty years, and yet we were able to recognize each other immediately and it was like we were able to pick up right where we left off.

Coincidence? Nah. I believe it was, and is, purely a blessing.

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Carpe Diem

 

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! 🙂 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

Carpe Diem

Timeout Tuesday

Take a moment from the daily chaos to breathe. Taste the beauty of nature and bask in the glow of tranquility.

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“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” ~e.e. cummings

Timeout Tuesday

I’ve decided to make Tuesday a Timeout Day. I’ll be posting photos I’ve taken from nature that bring a restful time-out in the middle of a busy, chaotic day, in which to breathe and to find calm and peace, or to start your day with a touch of serenity from nature.

I openly welcome anyone who has a special photo–or two–that you would like to share on my blog. Simply send the photo to my email address (listed on my contact page) with your information so it can be linked to you.

And now, I bring you the first Timeout Tuesday. 🙂

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“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.” ~George Washington Carver