Path With Heart

Path With Heart

Wouldn’t you love to step onto this path and see where it ends up? My friend Karen , many years ago, sent me a picture of her garden path  and wrote –  “This particular pathway is meant to slow you down, carefully putting one foot in front of the other, leading to a beautiful place, a place of rest.”

The path on my banner photo, taken in Japan 10 years ago, serves the same purpose—one step in front of the other. No rushing.

I know how important moodling is because I have been tightly scheduled for the past few days. And here it is, our season of delight. Miracles are sprouting up out of the soil everywhere we walk right now. Overnight – sprouts, buds, blossoms, and when the light catches that particular branch with the beginnings of new life, and you are there, it is a gift.

And there were other wonders, along with the eclipse, this week. To be up close to the sheer joy experienced by my grandson and his love of life was pretty magical today. It reminds us how we benefit from spending time with people passionate about everyday wonders.

I love this old quote by Thich Nhat Hanh.

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — and our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”

This made me also think about how lucky we are to have an immune system. Although I have always been grateful for my health, I sometimes take mine for granted. Yet I know, from going through chemo, how the life force wants to work for us. I also hear from others how the body strives to bring us to equilibrium and fight infection tenaciously. I continue to find this process amazing.

More recently, Rick Hanson, one of my favourite neuropsychologists, wrote this about perspective:

Without minimizing one bit of whatever is awful, it is also true that humans like you and I have been walking this earth for nearly 300,000 years. I see the trees, the land, the ocean – all of it here before me and lasting long after me. Empires rise and fall. Sometimes the center does not hold – in a body, marriage, or nation – and still. And still people love each other, go out of their way for a stranger, and marvel at a rainbow. Nothing, nothing at all can change this. We keep putting one foot in front of the other one, lifting each other up along the way.

Honestly, this is miracle enough for me. And speaking of miracles, it must be time for an update on my great-granddaughters, who turned eight months old this past week.

Notes

1:) I am thinking about my Mother, who loved her birthdays and was an April 13th baby. Imagine, it is coming up four years in July when she died at 100 years, three months and 13 days. Unbelievable, how time moves on. I thought of her when I wrote the title for today’s post because that is how she lived. Every day, she woke up with gratitude and joy, ready to walk and respond with outstretched arms and a loving heart wherever the path led.

2:) I hope you immerse yourself in Spring and do not miss it. I awaken to the birds these days and saw my first cardinal, pileated woodpecker, robin and eastern bluejay. Take care of your dear selves, and may you have what you need, plus an armload of joyful and meaningful moments. With gratitude, Trudy

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 replies
  1. Pat Scanlan
    Pat Scanlan says:

    Ah Trudy, I could feel the cold water as I dipped a toe into the water and then walked into the woods down that path. How delightful. And those babies! Two of them. How blessed you are. And I have never seen a cardinal. One thing on my wish list. Spring is delightful here right now too – birds, flowers, gentle air today – I am grateful too. Thanks for this Trudy. Sending you love.

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    • T Boyle
      T Boyle says:

      Thanks for taking the time to send a note Pat. The northern cardinal is beautiful and I will post a picture next week. I am always longing to see Vancouver and Vancouver Island springs. I can say that the unfolding of a westcoast spring is a wondrous event for me. I miss them. Keep your eyes peeled for all that beauty. Warmly, Trudy

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  2. Sabine Kaspari
    Sabine Kaspari says:

    In 20 Minutes I will drive to shop groceries with my mother (86). Each week, when we have our shopping tour, I am full of admiration and love towards her. She still is so awake, watching her surrounding with great interest and even notices things, that go unattended by me:-) Thank you so much, Trudy, for your steady drops of wisdom and your sharing those wonderful pictures (so cute, your twin grandgirls:-))!
    With love
    Sabine

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    • T Boyle
      T Boyle says:

      Thanks Sabine. You are in such a lovely part of the world and although I haven’t me your Mother I can imagine her by your warm stories. I appreciate your encouraging words. Love across the sea, Trudy

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  3. Teresa
    Teresa says:

    At this time of year I think of your wonderful mom and the joy she brought to all that had the chance to know her. Thank you for sharing the updated picture of the beautiful girls. April 25 is my son’s birthday. I love this month – each day leading to his birthday brings me pure joy. I know how long I waiting for him (almost five years of struggles) and still all these years later I have never forgotten the happiness I felt as I anticipated his birth. Every day leading to his birthday – this year is his 35th, I look at simple things and feel tremendous gratitude. I never forgot the miracle he was then as he entered my life and the miracle he is every day. Thank you for this beautiful post my dear friend!

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    • T Boyle
      T Boyle says:

      Thank you Teresa for this beautiful tribute to your son. When we pause for a few moments to reflect we get a glimpse of the wonder of it all, even the difficulties. Happy April birthday to your beloved son. Definitely worth the effort. Hugs, Trudy

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  4. Patti+Morris
    Patti+Morris says:

    Thanks for sharing the miracle pic of those great grands Trudy and thank you for the beautiful and profound quote from Rick Hansen. What a lovely way to start the day!

    Celebrating Curtlin also, Teresa. What a beautiful month! xo

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    • T Boyle
      T Boyle says:

      Hi Patti: How lovely to hear from you. Thanks for your kind and cheerful note. I am a big fan of Rick Hanson and recommend his slender book Just One Thing. I suppose it is his kind, generous and practical view of human beings which I resonate with. And of course his praise of the ordinary. Sending hugs to you, blissful in the Rockies. (I mean blissful moments.ha) As always, Trudy

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  5. Mary MacKenzie
    Mary MacKenzie says:

    Hi Trudy, The pic of kids made me laugh right out loud. They are Adorable.
    Thanks too for the quotes and the wisdom of the ages. Much appreciated. Hugs to you. Mary.

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    • T Boyle
      T Boyle says:

      Thanks Mary. Hope spring has sprung on Prince Edward Island. I could hear that delightful laugh of yours. Warmest wishes, Trudy

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