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Open Your Eyes: A Lenten Journey 3/24/17 (Friday’s Five)

I’m mining the past week’s journal entries for a few of the blessings to share here. 

1. Keeping a journal routinely. That in itself is something I am grateful for and as time goes on, I realize how much more comes when I make the time to have a consistent routine: memories, images, new ideas. I’m continually amazed at what appears on the page if I just show up.

2. Poetry. Ideas have crept in my entries this week and I have made time to create some blackout poetry, collect words for a found poetry project, work on a single syllable poem. I’m currently adding more text in my painting projects and stitching work. I know it’s a result of daily focus. That 40 extra minutes a day I told myself was necessary at the beginning of Lent has not always been easy to find, but it certainly has provided rewards. 

3. International mail. Sending and receiving always brings a smile.

4. Seven geese. Two usually have taken up residence at our pond by now, but this year seven stayed. Unusual to see an odd number since this is mating season, but there is  a lone duck here, too. I see them several times a day. Moments of peace.

5. Trash bags. I’m in a big purge time. That’s always a good sign for me. When I can  let things go, I make room for new things to come. When I get rid of junk, my mind is always lighter, too.

What did you see this week that brought you a sense of peace? Of joy? Of awareness? Of love? 

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Open Your Eyes: A Lenten Journey 3/23/17 (Thursday)

Today’s a super special  day because it is my daughter’s birthday. She’s an adult now, living and working abroad. I’m thankful for her presence in this world.

When I see her with my mind’s eye, I picture an independent, adventurous young woman. I see smiles and sunlight and jonquils and beloved dogs. I see her walking on beaches and snapping photographs. 

I see so much that I cannot name. I feel joy in her presence. I think lots of people do.

 Open your mind’s eye to see someone you love today. Tell them. Show them. It’s always the right time.

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Open Your Eyes: A Lenten Journey 3/22/17 Wednesday

See this tree? It’s a Japanese maple. This time last week I went out to inspect winter’s  damage and saw that it would need to be replaced. Dried out limbs, no buds in sight. I was kind of bummed, honestly. I’ve tried time and again to get these to grow out here. 

But today, a surprise. 

I wonder how much we are like that sometimes. Do we give up on ourselves or others at the very moment there are changes taking place that are invisible to us?

Open your eyes to the colors and life around you.  And give a second (or third or fourth or fifth) look to something or someone that looks done in. 

Happy spring, dear readers. 

“He makes all things new.” 

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Open Your Eyes: A Lenten Journey 3/21/17 (Tuesday)

I hope you’re keeping some kind of record.”–Leonard Cohen

I am a collector of quotations. Unfortunately, I have not collected them in one place. Instead they are torn from magazines, underlined in books I’ve kept, jotted down on random slips of paper I run across from time to time. 

This Lent, though, I feel a calling to gather. Gather words and sentiments of my own as well as those of others who speak to my heart. 

I’m opening my eyes once again to the reality that life is fleeting. If we are called to keep a record, let’s do it. 

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Open Your Eyes: A Lenten Journey 3/20/2017 (Monday)

Here we are, already celebrating the first day of spring–as well as the International Day of Happiness. Those are two good things to think about during the next few hours. 

The birds are cooperating with a sweet serenade this morning. I have a few windows open and a light breeze is wafting through my little house.

We have no electricity  at the moment because linemen are setting some new poles nearby, but they were considerate enough to come tell me this would be happening. So–electronics are charged, a pot of coffee is made and staying hot in a carafe. Little happinesses.

Today I’m planning to open my eyes to the beauty of springtime, this season of renewal God sends. I may watch birds a little longer, look at flowers a little more consciously. I’ll likely think about little ways to mark another season’s entrance. And, in the spirit of the International Day of Happiness, I think I’ll start a list:

Maybe you’ll join me. 

Think about all of the reasons you have cause to be happy. Think about what you can do to help others find joy in their lives. 

Read and repeat. 😊

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Open Your Eyes: A Lenten Journey 3/18/17 (Saturday)

Week 2 of Lent is in the books, dear readers.

An unexpected gift during this time has been an awareness of how creativity blossoms when we make time for it. 

Showing up day after day to journal, to blog, to see things anew. These moments of trying have paid great dividends already. It’s encouraging to know that when we make a decision to step outside our comfort zone, a reward will come. Open your eyes and watch for it. 🌟

Maybe you’ll see a friend in a new light. Maybe an opportunity will land in your lap. Maybe you will discover a truth about yourself. Maybe you’ll wait a bit longer.

Whatever your path, trust in the process. So much happens along the way. 

I leave you with a prayer tonight:

Lord, bless the person reading this. Show each of us what is good for us. Show us how to know, love, and serve you in this world. Protect those we love and bless those who we find it sometimes hard to love. Help us see with new eyes all you put before us. Amen.
 Enjoy tomorrow’s “Little Easter” and I hope to be back to walk with you next week. Peace. 

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Open Your Eyes: A Journey /3/17/17/ Friday’s Five

Flea market finds–today, a lovely marking of St. Patrick’s Day–running across this beautiful piece.

I wonder about the maker. Time spent. Where it was displayed. I’m glad it’s home with me. 🍀 

Fresh haircuts  and a hairdresser who knows what to do when you sit down. There is a lot of trust in that. And one less thing to think about. 
A hot cup of good coffee. Any hour of the day. 

The man who works in the fabric dept of Hobby Lobby. He listens and understands the value of the making. He has the sweetest spirit that stays with me long after I’ve  left. 

Red geraniums. I know. They show up on my list a lot. I bought a couple more today. I think this is the year they get to have a place outside  AND in here. I’m thinking an art studio windowsill is calling their name. 

Open your eyes to the little ordinary things that make life grand. May your lists be endless! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!