“Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, creeds follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, a possession for all eternity.” – Oscar Wilde
“Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.”― Edith Wharton, Artemis to Actaeon and Other Verses
Enter this day.
Fresh and new.
Ready to be filled with shape, color and hue.
In the details, in the ordinary, in the moment.
Rid yourself of old and sameness.
Empty your cup to be filled again and again.
Hope, enthusiasm, joy, delight.
Ours for the taking, receiving, and sharing.
Enter this day new and come out changed.
Drink in the beauty.
Spill out awe.
“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” – Ray Bradbury
“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can”.”― John Muir
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”― John Muir, The Mountains of California
Get lost then found in nature.
Explore, wander, be quiet to hear the symphony.
Waterfalls flowing, birds singing, a soft breeze on a summer’s day.
Restoration, rejuvenation, reclamation.
Soul, spirit, body.
It’s a beautiful world.
Go out into it.
“Right in the difficult we must have our joys, our happiness, our dreams: there against the depth of this background, they stand out, there for the first time we see how beautiful they are.”― Rainer Maria Rilke
“If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.
Instead we entangle ourselves
in knots of our own making
and struggle, lonely and confused.
So like children, we begin again…
patiently to trust our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God
Again and again.
Unfolding. Unwinding. Becoming.
Threads weaving together to the fabric of life.
Rooted like trees.
Depths of water.
Invitation to beauty.
Bask in wonder.
“No experience has been too unimportant, and the smallest event unfolds like a fate, and fate itself is like a wonderful, wide fabric in which every thread is guided by an infinitely tender hand and laid alongside another thread and is held and supported by a hundred others”― Rainer Maria Rilke
“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”― Jo Walton
A Day (I’ll Tell You How The Sun Rose)
by Emily Dickinson
“I’ll tell you how the sun rose, —
A ribbon at a time.
The steeples swam in amethyst,
The news like squirrels ran.
The hills untied their bonnets,
The bobolinks begun.
Then I said softly to myself,
“That must have been the sun!”
But how he set, I know not.
There seemed a purple stile
Which little yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while
Till when they reached the other side,
A dominie in gray
Put gently up the evening bars,
And led the flock away.”
From sunrise to sunset.
The in between.
May the moments be filled with awe, wonder, inquiry.
Aware of fleeting time.
Awake to each moment passing.
Participating in the day.
Entering the river.
Rising and setting.
Ebb and flow.
Exclamation point on day’s end.
“The sun,–the bright sun, that brings back, not light alone, but new life, and hope, and freshness to man–burst upon the crowded city in clear and radiant glory. Through costly-coloured glass and paper-mended window, through cathedral dome and rotten crevice, it shed its equal ray.”― Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” – Lord Byron
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung
So many answers reside beneath the surface.
In arms reach, but unseen until we are quiet enough to let them rise up.
To see the light of day.
If we dare.
Often choosing busy over clarity.
Denial over discernment.
Running over facing fear.
Of the unknown, of change, of transformation, of growth, of loss, of gain.
Reflect, inquire, listen.
Writing, reading, nature.
It’s in you.
To find, to face, to put down, to carry on.
Going through is the only real path that moves us out of cul-de-sacs and dead ends.
New mountains and journeys.
“The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.”― Jonathan Swift
“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.”― Jonathan Swift
“May you live every day of your life.”― Jonathan Swift
Slow time by noticing it.
Steeping in it, like a tea bag for full flavor.
The pause, stillness, quiet to be present fully where you are right now.
Witness the unfolding of the petal of a flower.
Feel the break of a smile and delight in laughter.
Put down the world and pick up this moment.
All stages of bloom, seed, bud, broken open.
Live every day, see the invisible and trust you will be put where you should be.
“If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me.” – Joan of Arc
“May you always be the one who notices the little things that make the light pour through, and may they always remind you: There is more to life and there is more to you.” ― Morgan Harper Nichols
“When you start to feel like things should have been better this year, remember the mountains and valleys that got you here. They are not accidents, and those moments weren’t in vain. You are not the same. You have grown and you are growing. You are breathing, you are living, you are wrapped in endless, boundless grace. And things will get better. There is more to you than yesterday.”― Morgan Harper Nichols
May today bring you joy.
Let awe in to do its work.
Beauty, discernment, awakening.
Yesterday the road traveled.
Today a new path.
Tomorrow, break trail.
Grace, love, light.
Notice the little things.
Enter the river running through and around you.
Life is happening.
what made her beautiful
was not her appearance
or what she achieved,
but in her love
and in her courage,
and her audacity
Light ran wild
and that was the way
she came alive,
and it showed up
― Morgan Harper Nichols
“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”― susan polis schutz
“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.” – Wayne Dyer
Spring has taken up residence.
Color, bloom, fragrance awash.
We have arrived and are in the midst of fruition.
Bursting at the seams.
The beauty, fresh air, flowers blooming in abundance.
Stick the landing of daily presence and gratitude.
These are the days.
“Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach