Babies and toddlers, flowering lilacs and plum trees in May, really good dark chocolate, the bird’s nest that has appeared in the hanging plant outside my window, going new places and learning new things.
I get to go to preschool today! There’s nothing like the occasional day spent playing with the kids (as a substitute teacher assistant) to reawaken my sense of joy and wonder.
There are several quotes that quiet my mind. Not my circus, not my monkeys. Don’t force solutions. Look for the good. I can choose peace instead of this. Let it be.
Reading this question caused me to listen to the sounds of a distant train. I rarely notice this common background sound in my life. But it is very similar to what I listened to at night while falling asleep as a child, and listening now has given me a bit of inner peace.
My mom died 23 years ago but her voice is still in my thoughts almost daily. She was strong, smart, loving, and outspoken. Truly a woman ahead of her time. Now that I’m older I understand where she was coming from when she gave me so much advice! So often I wish we could just sit down and talk.
I have been thinking about this since yesterday morning. It has something do with the difference between hopes and expectations, but the idea hasn’t crystallized yet. If I hope for something to happen and it doesn’t I may be disappointed, but if I expect it to happen and it doesn’t, that’s when resentment creeps in.
For the past few years I wrote cards and notes to my Aunt Dolores. She had outlived all her siblings and friends and was our family’s last connection to that generation. Every time she received a note from me should would call and we’d discuss all the family news. She died this summer at age 96 and I really miss writing to her.
That book sounds really interesting. I just requested it from my library-thanks!
Happy Birthday, Michele! Find 53 things to give away or throw away. Look around your home, closets, vehicle, garage, yard, etc. and do a quick declutter. Throw out the old newspaper, find three articles of clothing to donate, discard ten things from the junk drawer. I always feel so much lighter when I get rid of stuff so I hope it will have the same effect for you.
The Being Here website is a wonderful discovery. Thank you.
Thank you for putting into words the chaos of thoughts that have been swirling around in my mind.
Thank you for sharing this poem. It has uplifted my outlook for the new year and I’m going to send it to a friend also.
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