Hello Friday

Taking a short break while our Friday visitor watches Curious George with grampa.

So far we have read books, played with the trains, painted, did some cleaning up in the sink, and made pumpkin muffins. And we still have 5 hours to fill! What a wonderful way to say goodbye to spring break.

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Tiny moment Tuesday

REST was in abundance this last week. I’m trying to keep on top of my bullet journaling and some of those systems that help me hold space for restful endeavors.

Don’t forget to come back next Tuesday and share how your WORD is showing up in your life.

Pay attention

Instructions for living a life. 
Pay attention. 
Be astonished. 
Tell about it.” 

― Mary Oliver, poet,
who died yesterday at the age of 83

I’m don’t spend much time with poetry but I have loved the words of Mary Oliver. These words are going into my notebook so I can carry them closely. Such very good advice.

As I have been working on letting REST become a practice and a rhythm, I have become aware of how un-restful my days can be. With a calendar and list of things to do it is easy to move through the hours without paying attention. This day, I plan to walk with my eyes wide open, paying attention, and best of all, ready to be astonished.

#ttmt

Our tiny person’s mama is home in the summer so our schedules are a bit different but we still get to have plenty of play time. He loves duplo blocks, gears, and cars and his Grampa. Grampa is a good playmate and can do fun things like juggling and magic tricks.

I love to peek in on these #tinytinymoments.

tiny, ordinary moments

“We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment”

Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

I was browsing the Audible sale and saw this book listed. I read it years ago but I thought it might be a good walking companion (really working on making a daily walk into a habit). What a great choice, except that I want to stop and write down quotes every few minutes. So I have a printed copy coming from the library. But this quote – about preparing to live but not being very good at living – this idea has been on my mind for months. I think I need to write this one on a sticky note and put it on my mirror for a daily reminder. Pay attention to this tiny, ordinary moments, like that fuzzy bee and those beautiful, butterfly bush blooms.

Does this strike a chord in your heart too?

#ttmt

So many #tinytinymoments these days:

  • Summer break is almost here
  • There was a fabulous storm on Sunday evening
  • I finished two books and a sleeve over the weekend
  • My peonies are finally blooming and a very groggy bee almost made it into my bouquet

thanks to Michelle for the #tinytinymoments prompt