Today I am grateful to be alive, to feel, see and know the grace and power of something we call Spirit. That alone is joy and gift enough!
Personally, I look for joy, hope for joy and even count on joy to arrive here and there. So for me it’s fairly rare when joy surprises me. If anything, in today’s world and especially in my country’s current political climate, I find myself needing to seek joy out and be mindful of when I am in the mist of what is joyful and then to savor it.
I try to savor moments, any moments as they come whether they are free or not. While I get the point of today’s question I find myself asking just what do we mean by “free?” And it’s too early to dive back into philosophy 101!
By listening, making eye contact and being fully present when engaged with people. This, I have found, usually goes full-circle.
…and one more image, a nod to today’s featured image on this site of people rowing large boats. In less than an hour, I will head down to set up our boat for this morning’s row. You should come too! 🙂
The featured image on this site today of people rowing got my attention because I too row in large boats for pleasure throughout the year. And because I am also a photographer, well, the rest just happens!
I have fond memories from my farming days of walking down into the pasture at 4 AM to bring the cows up to the barn for milking. The waning night sounds slowly giving way to daybreak still on the distant horizon; the rising mist; an owl’s mournful far-off hoot; the smell of hay curing in a nearby field. Every sound and smell fills in what cannot yet be seen, assisting the eyes that wait for daylight.
This is a lovely question just to read. Avoiding the use of shop-worn platitudes in my response is, however, more challenging. For me personally, today’s question has me thinking about my response to the Daily Question on August 9, in which we were asked how we might unleash our resources that would benefit the world.
I think that I will just hold today’s question, “how can I add beauty to life today,” in my heart as I move throughout the day. For me, that’s a good place to ...
I think that I will just hold today’s question, “how can I add beauty to life today,” in my heart as I move throughout the day. For me, that’s a good place to start and we will see what comes.
That they are always interesting to listen to and learn from.
Hello Pilgrim! Yes, I have received your email! I had hoped that the good people who moderate this site would have reviewed the post I tried to send yesterday and realized it was legitimate. But that said, and as a blogger myself, I totally understand the need for such filtering too.
What’s interesting is that when I know that I am going to post something on this site of some length I usually create it in Word first and then copy and paste it in because I have lost stuff more th...
What’s interesting is that when I know that I am going to post something on this site of some length I usually create it in Word first and then copy and paste it in because I have lost stuff more than once here when I posted. Of course this time I didn’t….lesson learned….maybe! I will respond to you via email very soon. Thanks for sending your email to me.
Thank you, Manda. it’s all gift!
Hi Pilgrim, gosh, I just sent a full reply to you with some links to sites that I think would be helpful to you. But when I clicked “add your voice,” everything I replied disappeared! I will check back in a bit, hoping that it was held for review and that they might allow it to be posted. If not, I’ll give you my email address and you can reach me there. Sorry!
Thank you, my friend. My very best to you as well.
Hi Diane, full recovery takes about a year I am told. They want me to wait one full year before trying to row again in full rotation. I have been our team’s permanent boat steerer now for a few years, which involves some rowing, but not the kind that requires constant bending at the hips, as the seats in whaleboats are “fixed,” and not sliding.
Thank you for your comments on my photos. My very best to you.
Thank you, Manda. These days I am a permanent steerer (coxswain) for our team due to my back condition. I need to wait for a year until the fusion is fully healed before trying to row again in rotation. I can row for about 5-10 minutes now and then, but not the whole hour.
Thanks for your comments on my photos. I have many galleries of rowing images on my photo site should you want to take a look at
My very best to you!
Hello Aine, It was wonderful, year after year, and tiring too! Takes me three days to recover once I get home!
Hi Ben, there is never enough singing! A whole week of it? Fantastic!
Amen to that, Christina. Let’s hope that the violence in Charlottesville does not escalate.
Happy belated Birthday, Ursula! It’s always a good thing to show up for a birthday!
Greetings, Jill, thanks for what you shared here. I too have heard that “divine no” from time to time and have learned the hard way that it’s best to heed that message as it comes from the Spirit! When it comes to spiritual leadings, the word “should” ought not to be a part of it!
My best to you.
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