“We have what we seek. It is there all the time. And if we slow down and be still, it will make itself known to us.” —Thomas Merton
Perhaps we do need the amazing, extraordinary experiences to make us treasure all the more the everydays we have the good fortune to step into each day. But perhaps not.
Maybe, it is simply a matter of awareness that everydays are very sweet indeed, and when we remind ourselves not to swiftly move through them, in a hurry to get to something supposedly more exciting and “big” as the world would define, we would come to realize the extraordinary ‘everyday’ life we have the opportunity to live.
I was reminded of this life truth over the past month, but especially this past week as just in the span of a couple of days, I wanted to frame them, never look at the clock and express my sincerest gratitude. It may sound over the top to hear that such simple events (as you will see below) could make someone so overwhelmed with joy and appreciation, but as I sit in my office during an afternoon when the blue sky is fighting through the haze (successfully so), Norman’s gentle snoring provides the background music while Oscar silently sleeps in peace, syncopated jazz music subtly fills the room, hot tea from Paris is being sipped and the afternoon is mine to fill as I please, I know that this is bliss. Yes, more days such as these, please.
Today I would like to share with you my list of appreciation so that you might too look around you and observe all that is going well, all that makes you feel most fortunate and a reminder that your life is moving along indeed just fine, all the while giving you the gift of the self-awareness to savor the now.
- (in reference to the above photo) Having a copper tea kettle to send away to be re-tinned. (Oh, how I will miss you! Come back safely! Now when did I ever think I’d be talking to a tea kettle?! It’s a special one though – see here.)
- Sleeping deeply through the night as the temperatures drop to comfortable lows.
- Watching the birds delight in the bird food in the backyard.
- Finding the books I look forward to reading available at the library to check out.
- Picking up the week’s fresh bread from the bakery and adding another loaf to my regular customer card (soon, a free loaf!).
- Seeing The English Home‘s latest issue arrive in my mailbox.
- Noticing a hummingbird drink with abandon from the bird feeder by my kitchen window as I go about my day.
- Starting the day with a paddle along the river with Norman and being accompanied by only the many red-winged black birds perched upon the cattails.
- (Yes, I am noticing I have a predilection for birds . . . hmmm . . . )
- Seeing Fedex deliver my tea allotment for the season (many of my favorites are from Palais des Thés: Montagne Bleue and Blue of London).
- Planning a petite apéro time with friends.
- Feeling a sense of preparedness for the upcoming fall season after going through my ‘Back to Work/School‘ list.
- Working without a clock.
- Enjoying catch-up conversations with loved ones.
- Listening/reading emails/comments from readers about their journeys and delights.
- Discovering someone new to follow on Facebook and wondering why I haven’t been following them sooner as each season they share some intriguing and worthwhile book suggestions.
- Wiggling with excitement for the Patisserie edition of The Great British Baking Show (this past Sunday) to air on PBS (it’s new to us here in the states; old in actuality as it is the 3rd season of the Great British Bake-Off).
- Realizing that watching NBR (Nightly Business Report) and reading a morning daily briefing from a national newspaper is far less stressful when it comes to staying informed, and it still keeps me abreast of the news.
- Finally learning how to cook beef tenderloin aka Julia Child!
- Falling asleep to the chirping of the crickets.
Quieting myself, letting my world settle and be still has brought to my attention all the richness of everyday life even more than I previously knew it to be. I hope you too are reveling in your everydays, delighting in the moments that we no longer will take for granted, and falling a sleep (or starting your day) with a smile on your face.
~10 Things That Made Me Smile This Week (September 2018)
~View more TSLL Lifestyle posts here.