Thursday, September 4, 2008

Splendor

The view from my backyard.

A couple weeks back, it was very warm here, and we had some of the most amazing heat lighting. It turned the sky purple and blue and even red. I stood outside watching it dance across the sky and was in awe of its beauty.

My sister sent me a picture of my niece just being herself. She is almost three and still so unaware of anything outside herself. This gives her the freedom to be who and what she is without the worries that seem to come with adulthood. She is so perfect that it makes me cry at that joy of being able to know her.

A friend sent me some pictures of him at work. The sites that he gets to see are breath taking in so many ways and for so many reasons. My favorite was the one of him with that half smile he gets. Whenever I see his smile I can't help but smile too, its contagious.

Tonight, I was wondering around the yard feeling bad for myself when I looked up and the Big and Little dippers were just rising. I remembered when I was a kid my great-grandmother trying to teach me the constellations and because I was young, I just made up my own. My time with her was some of the happiest in my life.

When I was growing up, there was a wondrous rose garden not too far from my house. When I was feeling down or sad or just needed some time alone I would go there and just be still. It was one of the only places in my life that was just mine, even though it belonged to everyone. I could go there and find my center so I could face another day. When I think of that place now, I still get some of that feeling.

Today, I went with a friend and my dog to one of the many local parks and sat by the stream that runs through it, eating lunch and talking while watching the dog be a dog. At one point we both got quiet and all you could hear was the stream, the birds and our breathing. I had such a sense of peace in that moment that I wanted to carry it with me everywhere.

These are just a few of the things in my life that bring splendor to it.

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