Is there a song that carries you away? What’s your favorite? Is there one that gets stuck in your head when you don’t want it to? Is it Call Me, Maybe? If so, sorry about that! Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.
How was your week? I had a rough one. I found it perfect that it was raining outside, too. Is the sun shining where you are? How do you keep your inner sunshine when storm clouds loom? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.
My parents live in a forest on a hill overlooking a lake. When I visit them I run around their lake each day. It’s always beautiful and different every single lap.
But, this visit I can’t run around their lake because I woke up with a nasty head & chest cold the first morning we were here.
I have to get some motion in or I am afraid all of the giant meals and sitting around will cause me to balloon up too big to fit into our van to go home.
So, I’ve been walking around their lake. At first, as I’m super type A, moving so slowly irritated me. After all, why should I spend more than an hour doing something I could easily do in half that time? Irritating!
Then, I noticed something.
It’s a whole different place when I’m walking slowly through the trees. I’m quieter, so I hear more. Moving slower lets me see more, as I have time to look around thoroughly. Wildlife that’s usually startled away by my dashing through their neighborhood doesn’t seem to mind when I walk quietly past them.
When I run the sweat and the focus and the exhaustion push the stress out of my body.
But, I’m glad I can’t run this time.
This trip I have found that even though I’m not moving fast enough to force the stress out of my body, I can lull it to sleep while I stroll through the woods and leave it happily behind next to a moss covered boulder or a flock of wild turkeys.
My quieted state of mind reminds me of my verse, Peace.
Are you moving fast, slow, or in between this week? Does life have to force you to slow down sometimes? Do you notice things you were missing before? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.
I was thinking about my friends who are in the midst of dealing with so much in the aftermath of HurricaneSandy. I can hardly imagine facing that kind of devastation, and trying, in the midst of it, to provide for and to take care of my family and neighbors.
I’m sure that many have found strength they didn’t know they had.
I’m praying hope for all of them.
To find out other ways you can help go to:
Daddy Knows Less Blog for photos of the aftermath and suggestions for local relief efforts to join in on.
Children’s Hunger Fund Hurricane Sandy Response to donate either funds or bulk supplies. I’ve known CHF President Dave Phillips for years. This is an integrity filled organization that gets 99% of what it takes in back out to those in need.
Nearly all of us have more than we need. Please consider giving some of it to those who have lost everything.
Thank you in advance for your caring and compassion.
In the rain and the rainbow
Singing and sleeping
The dew and the grass
In the twinkling of stars
Laughter of children
The smile of age
In the leaves of the trees
The coming dawn
In the music of springtime
Aroma of sweetness
The hidden blush of the bloom
In the beat of a heart
Breath of a hero
The eyes of love
– gina valley
What gives you hope when things seem bleak? How were you affected by Hurricane Sandy? Have you faced other disastrous situations? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.
Many experiences are universal, and it is these universal things in life that bring us all together and offer the greatest hope for all of us and our world. Joy, sadness, laughter, loss, beginnings, ends, love. All universal. As one of our dogs finishes her time on this earth I can clearly see that our whole family, even our other pets, are deeply moved by her plight. It makes me sad and hopeful at the same time.
How have these universal truths affected you? Have they helped you draw closer to those you don’t understand? Have they helped you understand you better, or perhaps to put up with your prickly neighbor or relative more patiently?
Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.
It amazes me how much peace and happiness is triggered simply by being patient. Still, I don’t call upon my patience nearly enough. What’s helping you develop patience? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing about it.