Sweetness

img_9665So, it’s the last day of Just Five Things, a beautiful offering from Michelle.

I haven’t been as present as I would have liked to have been, but I have been there, sometimes commenting, sometimes just reading. Every time I have visited over the last few weeks I have been touched by the warmth and the feeling of a place of safety. Michelle has a gift for creating such a place.

Even when I haven’t had time to make lists, just reading Michelle’s email every morning has been the sweetest thing. Reading the open and beautiful lists and words from those who have gathered is a delight.

On this last day I share some of my sweetness with you…

~ Hearing my son come in from college {all is right with the world}

~ Listening to him talk of the new friendships he is making with like-minded people {this fills my heart up}

~ Our dog’s sleepy face

~ A kind text from a friend

~ Witnessing and capturing the beautiful late afternoon light

Happy Friday and wishing you a sweet weekend xx

Delight

img_9517It is the second day of Just Five Things, a beautiful offering from Michelle and today we are looking at ‘delight’. Like Michelle, I feel that delight got lost somewhere between the end of my childhood and the beginning of my son’s. Not that things didn’t bring delight during those years, but I think, like the excitement for Christmas, there are a few years when it just isn’t the same.

I think delight got replaced with excitement during my teens and twenties, the excitement of new experiences, the excitement of falling in love, the excitement of striding out on my own.

Maybe delight is the domain of the child, maybe it’s the domain of maturity, I don’t know. But, what I do know is that I feel it. It’s a cup of tea in my favourite mug. It’s there as I listen to my son talk about his aspirations. It’s the greeting I get from our dog when I return home. It’s in the lighting of a candle. It’s in friendship.

Thank you Michelle, for really making me think today, about delight and about the stuff of life.

Just five things

img_9454Today is the first day of Michelle’s beautiful offering Just Five Things. Even though I am not an avid list-maker, I understand their power and I am looking forward very much to the coming days.

Today’s list-making has the word gratitude at it’s heart, which is such a great transition from participating in Gratitude Week over the past seven day.

Right now I am grateful for…

moving forward ~ candles ~ online community ~ friends ~ a warm home

Have a great Monday x

 

 

The rough with the smooth

img_9040As I lay in bed this morning reading Michelle’s letter in my inbox {which is such a delight}, it really struck a chord with me. The feeling of overwhelm that sometimes washes over us, not just the seemingly endless to-dos, but emotional overwhelm too, can be really hard to deal with…

Wind back to yesterday and I was in the middle of an emotional overwhelm meltdown. I am not sure where it came from, but it did. It was not a good day. There was shouting. There were things said. There were tears. There was silence…

Yesterday was the rough. But, with the rough comes the smooth. With the shouting comes the forgiveness and for this I am grateful. I am grateful that we don’t hold grudges. That we say sorry. That we still love through it all.

I have closed my eyes, I have opened them and I am beginning again…thank you Michelle for this timely reminder x

Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning ~ Desmond Tutu

Gratitude Week 2016