I leave you this week with this cute little snail, creeping across the sidewalk at the retreat. She (at least that is what I call her) seemed to be reminding me that we need to slow down. It’s not often that I see live snails, but this summer I have seen several of them.
For my photographer friends, I took this with my Samsung smart phone. That is so not like me…but I’m learning to embrace that little bit of technology and use it wisely. The macro feature is pretty decent. A free download called Aviary allowed me to do some post processing that I like.
All things photographic aside….
May you have a weekend filled with quiet, where you can relax and simply enjoy life.
Have you ever been to an event that left you feeling so good about life that you just walked on a cloud for a few days? That would be me this week.
There was so much good in our time together at the retreat. We ate, we talked, we slept, then repeated that as needed. There were common threads that brought us together for a few hours, and we hope to continue those friendships throughout the year.
When I looked at my photos I kept coming back to this spider web, made visible by the fog that morning. Seen in the right light, all it’s intricate details and masterful weaving come to focus.
I’m glad that this web is not perfect, that it shows a bit of stress here and there. It still holds together and serves its purpose. Put in place to catch something. The Owner ready to recreate it anytime… or repeat as needed.
In my own journey, learning as I go along, I know that I need to create a ritual that I can repeat regularly, one that feeds my soul. Many of you may have that already, a routine that you observe that starts or ends your day and keeps you centered.
Maybe my own ‘web’ was washed away by rain or doubt or laziness or whatever. But slowly I’m spinning a new one, not to catch something, but more to help me tune in to truth and wisdom and love. Developing the discipline to keep it going, and the willingness to rebuild (repeat as needed), seems a daunting task.
Then I look at the beauty of this amazing web, and I wonder what can possible hold me back?
Mystery. Quiet. Calm.
Light. Shadow. Mist.
Wander. Rest. Pause.
Trees. Roots. Connection.
Shades. Hues. Layers.
Rest. Relax. Renew.