Connect the Dots
This banner picture pretty much sums up my thoughts from yesterday, on my birthday. When we look back we have a chance to connect the dots. We get to see that the entirety of life has brought us to this moment. Our entire history, the good and the bad, has contributed to who we are today.
And although we cannot go back and change the past we create a new past through what we do today. This is so wonderful when you pause for a moment and really see the possibilities. We can stop beating ourselves up over something that we can not do anything about, and, instead, put our energy into handling a similar situation, today, more skillfully. I suspect that is one reason grandparenting is a little like a second chance.
No matter how long we live if we have that tendency towards self-improvement, it doesn’t end at 50, 60, 70, or 76. But one thing that does lessen, is the bad habit of thinking we need to do more and be more. We are able to be a little more impartial and understand that we are humans and not robots. I err, therefore I am. However, my sense of things is that, if anything, we need to be more conscious of inviting beauty and kindness into our lives.
A friend gave me a small poem by John O’Donohue and I particularly love the first two lines:
Set out that luminous glass bowl
where the sun can light it like
a small blue planet…
As I read the lines I immediately was flooded by memories where the stained glass or crystal bowl was dazzling in the sunlight. Or the shadow of the pussy willows in the earthenware vase created an understated reflection on the painted wall. I am of the opinion that we need beauty in our lives. That it is important to seek it out. Nature; art; music, dance; poetry; kindness, and cheerfulness. And also important to create beauty and opportunities for kindness. We are all made to create, not just a talented few.
I received a special gift from my teenage (16) granddaughter, yesterday; handwritten on plain paper. It was heartwarming for me, in its thoughtfulness and love, because it was about time and an awareness of things that I liked and that I would like to do with her. A teenager’s time is precious. The gift of her time for one day, from noon to bedtime, with me planning what we do is quite frankly remarkable. I asked her permission (no pressure) to share it with you and she said yes. I wanted to share it because this is a gift that money can’t buy. And I intend to fill our day with beauty and joy. It also inspires me to be more creative in my own gift-giving. Thank you, Sophie!
The things that count in our lives are most often things that can’t be counted. As we go forward, starting right where we are, may we all give and receive with a generosity of spirit while keeping our eyes peeled for the many faces of beauty.
1:) Tomorrow happens to be International Dot Day and the amazing little book, The Dot, changed people’s lives by showing them how to make their mark. Here is a link to a fun exercise you can do with your friends or your kids. And a link to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this year’s host. Imagine over 19 million people around the world in 191 different countries celebrating The Dot and how it changed lives.
2:) A friend and reader of this blog sent us a link to an interesting photographic project on the full moon, collected over ten years. Enjoy here. And once again, thanks to Patricia Ryan Madson for her postcard painting that I am using as a banner photo.
3:) Enjoy this beautiful month of September. Try your best not to rush forward into imagining winter. Stick with autumn, one beautiful day at a time.
4:) I love the fact that you come by here and read my blog. Is this not joy for me! Thank you, thank you. See you next week. Warmest wishes, Trudy