Life is not a straight line. It's a downpour of gifts, please – hold out your hand

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Thank you for being here. I'm so glad you're here.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Normal Beautiful Day

"Again and again I've taken quick glances and then for some reason...it's opened up like one of those Japanese flowers that you put into water, and something I thought wasn't worth more than a casual, respectful glance begins to open up depth after depth of meaning."     Sister Wendy Beckett

Photo taken by Kevin Moul.      Taos, New Mexico

"Listen to your life.  See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.  In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness:  touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace."            Frederick Buechner


"Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are."   Mary Jean Irion

Dear Normal Day,

Today I will do my best to be mindful of all the beauty that surrounds.  I will do my best to pause and look more closely, listen more quietly, breathe more deeply.  I will say thank you for the clean air I breathe, for the chirping birds, for my beautiful, whining, healthy children.  I will say thank you to all my imperfections (that are really just perfect when I embrace them).  Today I will do my best to treasure my comfortable home and all those I love.  I will say thank you to quiet and noise, to the smell of coffee brewing just right, for that perfect ceramic mug filled to the brim with just the right amount of cream and sugar.  For you-dear readers-for accompanying me on my wild journey.  For trees and bees and butterflies...for all of it just as it
so    perfectly       is.

Love,

Julia

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