The Gifts of This Day

That I was able to witness this scene a couple days ago 
and was so enthralled by it that I had to share it with you…
That being a Mom is priceless. 
And my son and daughter fill my life 
with so much love that it is hard to put into words…
That living 
in this body 
at this time
 in this place 
is especially sacred.
That having friends to share this life 
and this journey with makes 
the traveling so much lighter, and better.
That sometimes it’s better just
to share these simple gifts.

Images for One Little Word

Finding images that relate to the word “Gift” was my assignment recently, and it was harder than I thought it would be.  I have been through the slump, the waning interest in my One Little Word, but now it has been revived. And the images I have selected, shown in this collage, bring new thoughts, new insights.
The clock represents the gift of time, something I am more acutely aware of at this point in life, how I use it.
The Christmas gift, with all the gold wrap and shiny images makes me aware that material gifts are nice but not the most important thing.
The next little package is what I created to make me think of my OLW for 2011, and in B&W it is still lovely. Not flashy, just simple. A simple gift….
The star keychain was a token of thanks that I received. This reminds me that expressing thanks is vital to life and I need to practice this more frequently.
The image of the stairway with a ghost like figure on it – this represents the gift of dreams. Dreams are a true gift from God. Paying attention to them, learning the language/symbolism of those dreams helps me grow.
The piano keys are all about talents and abilities, not just playing the piano.  I have been blessed with many talents. How I share them or not share them affects me and those around me.
The heart shaped leaf in water reminds me of love. Love found in unlikely places and circumstances. Love within me that I must share.
The M & Ms are in the shape of a heart, too, but the message here is playfulness. Maybe it is also about photography.   Still thinking about that one.
The open hands remind me that I must be receptive to this word, gift, and to all that it brings into my life, that my hands and heart must be open to whatever comes.
Thanks for the gift of your friendship, for stopping by and sharing my journey!

A Gift from Italy

This lovely set of note cards came to me from Kat Sloma in Italy. This photo really does not do them justice and I wish you could all see them in person.  

How did they come to me? I posted a comment on Kat’s blog and became the winner of her give away earlier this month. 

You will enjoy her recent post about art, creativity, and photography. Click this to read it.

Time Is Everything

In this digital age I wonder how many of you have a ‘real’ clock that has a minute hand and an hour hand?  Do you still wear a watch, and is it analog or digital? Or do you just look at your cell phone? How many children do you know today who have learned to tell time on an analog clock? 

Pictured here is an old “kitchen clock” that I inherited. You can see that it is well worn, but I can tell you that it actually works, though I don’t often wind it and let it tick.  Notice how worn the key is from being used over and over. Someone in decades past has used this and treated it with care.  

We use time pieces to keep us on track, according to whatever schedule we have in our life. At one time I thought that the more Stuff I had on my schedule the better person I could be.  There is some benefit to having Stuff to do, but there is also a tendency to do too much. Then we meet ourselves coming and going, all stressed out. 

Life is showing me that it is more important to be present, to be right here right now with that friend who needs a listening ear, to be willing to hear another person’s story and not judge or interrupt. Life is teaching me that being is more important than doing, because as I learn to Be I am also learning to do what really matters…which leads to time better spent. 

– Deb