The joys keep multiplying this week. I’ve been vacationing in New Mexico for the past several days. The beauty is breathtaking. The scenes–spectacular. Here are five special joys from the past week, in pictures. Street artists who let you buy affordable art, Georgia O’Keefe’s “special mountain”, teachers extraordinaire Elizabeth Bunsen and Orly Alverini, a street singer in Taos, and a working pallet from the artist Umi in Santa Fe . All inspiring. All reminders of opportunities and relationships and connections. I hope you find the awe in everyday. It’s everywhere.
I stood in an area of Canton Road and touched a $27,000 statue of Ghandi. I received a text from my son where are you now and that was so cool because I had just thought of him that same second. I need to send him a pic of this. And there he was, virtually with me.
From Portland this week…so much to be thankful for:
Words engraved on streets
Thank you, God, for comings and goings and moments to savor…
I booked a flight to visit my daughter in Amsterdam and Maastricht.
It was a fairly quick decision and a good one. I’ll never forget the joy of that trip and the people and experiences associated with it.
I filled journal pages on the way home with images. Reminders of those days.
My first grandchild came thirteen days early, but she was considerate enough to wait until I returned back home to the states.
I hold her. That little baby…
Over and over, I write words of thanksgiving in my journal. Thanksgiving that I have these days to fly or stay home.
To see my daughter in her element, happy and confident. Beautiful.
To see my son hold his newborn daughter. And hand her to me to hold.
To realize we do not have to explain anything to anyone. The emotions of living are so complex, so competing at times. I do well to accept them as they come without expectation. It really is what it is.
We get this one life, friends. Embrace it. Live it. Reach out to people and listen to their stories.
Smile at them.
Understand you don’t have to answer to anyone here. You really don’t. You are free. Live that freedom.