Look for the Sparkle

leaves-in-lightI like this picture because of the sparkle of light inside the leaf.

It reminds me to look for that “sparkle” in my own life – those good moments of awe, joy, happiness or laughter.

The sparkle is always there someplace, but you have to look for it.

So, whatever you’re doing today, look for that sparkle in your life.

Let it remind you of the good things you have in your life:~)

Share A Sparkle

I’d love it if you shared a “sparkle” from your life in the comment box.

Doing Nothing

photo by sara b. healy

Why do some days flow like fast running rivers, while others creep along like brackish ponds? You stare at the computer willing the words to type themselves, but the page stares back at you, maybe even sticks its paper-tongue out at you.

That’s how it was for me today. I began the morning by staring at the empty white page on my computer. No words wanted to play with me. I finally pulled out my “works in progress,” but even they looked boring.

The truth was I wanted to do nothing, but since I did nothing yesterday. I felt guilty about doing TWO days of nothing in a row! That seemed so lazy and I’m not usually a lazy person.

Also, today is Monday. Work MUST be done; it’s the first day of the week. Still, no words formed themselves into creative and exciting sentences. The cupboard seemed empty.

I got another cup of coffee, thinking maybe that would help, but no, the blank paper was still waiting for me when I came back.

I did a 360 in my office chair, which made me realize my plants needed watering. After this was done, I sat back down, but still faced the same empty page glaring at me.

In addition, after weeks of cloudy chilly weather, it was an absolutely beautiful day where I’m at. The sun was out, the birds were singing and, boy oh boy, I wanted to be sitting on my porch, like Aggie.

She was lying in her cat “tree,” looking totally relaxed. The sun was warming her fur, like I wanted it to warm my face. I found myself wishing for the zillionth time I was a cat and had nothing to do, but sit.

With a heavy sigh, I turned back to the computer. My stomach churned. I begged my fingers to find something…anything, but nothing at all was there. I reminded my computer that people counted on me. I couldn’t let them down. It just hummed back at me.

In frustration, I turned to my bookshelf for inspiration. Surely, there was something to get me moving. I thumbed through books, but still nothing! I was getting desperate.

Then, buried under a stack of books I’ve been meaning to shelve, I found a book of meditation quotes. Why not give it a try? I opened the book and picked a page at random.

I closed my eyes and ran my finger down the page, letting it find a place to stop. When I opened my eyes and read the quote, I laughed out loud.

“Don’t just do something – sit there!”  ~ Author Unknown

The Universe played a joke on me. It was a kindly one; a little poke in the ribs, reminding me sometimes it’s important to take a break and meditate on a beautiful day.

I ended up doing just that. I went to my porch and sat until the sun dropped off to sleep. It didn’t bring me great wisdom, but it did help me find something to write:~)

What about you?

I recognize some people work full time or have other responsibilities keeping them busy during the day. So, finding time to sit on a porch in the sun may not be so easy.

Still, I think the intent of this quote is important. It’s a message about how we choose to live our lives. Think about it as you consider answering one or more of these questions:

  1. What’s this quote mean to you?
  2. How long can you be totally “unplugged,” meaning no cell phone, computer, T.V., etc. — just you and the quiet?
  3. When’s the last time, other than holidays and weekends, you took a full day off of work, whatever your work might be?


Little Bird: Lessons Learned

Reflections and resolutions

It’s almost a new year. More so than any other time, this time of year pulls us away from living in the present. We get caught up in reflections about the past and resolutions for the future.

We reflect on what happened in the past, such as the things we wished we had done, forgot to do, or should have done.

We resolve to make future changes, such as losing weight, getting healthier and spending more time with family and friends.

Past and future

This is not the case with this little sea bird. He knows nothing about reflections or resolutions. He lives in the moment he’s given, with no regrets or future intentions. He didn’t even look up when I snapped his picture; he was too busy living at that moment.

His brain is teeny-tiny compared to ours and gives him few choices about how he lives his life. Whereas, our brains are large and complex allowing us many choices about how we live our lives.

Yet, we spend many of our moments reflecting on our past or anticipating our future, instead of actually living the moments we are given, like this little bird.

Living in the moment

I think he offers us a powerful life lesson. He reminds us that it’s okay to reflect on the past and make resolutions for the future, but wise not to spend too much time on either activity. Instead, it’s just as important to live each moment of our lives as fully as possible—simply because we were given them to live.

My wish for you

So as we approach the year 2011, my wish for each and every one of you is a happy new year: may you live all of its 525,948.766 moments fully and happily.

Posting Schedule

I decided to take a few extra vacation days and so, you might not see me around this week. I plan to use the waning “moments” of 2010 for some long walks with my camera, enjoying the busy birds at my feeders, reading and napping, as well as spending time with my family.

I’ll be back on January 3, 2011 with a new Story Photo post and will return to my normal posting schedule. I am looking forward to visiting each and every one of you and your sites next year:~)