As I surfed the social media, looked around me, and thought about my latest reading at Camp Chesterfield, I realized there is so much hate spewing about these days that I have to wonder, why people do not focus at least some of their energy on the beauty this world has to offer...
So, tonight, it's all about the beauty that surrounds my world.
This morning I was blessed to spend some precious moments with my youngest granddaughter and my ever so lovely daughter-in-law. I treasure these moments in my life. My youngest granddaughter is picking up so many new things every day that it makes my heart smile whenever I am with her and she shows off her latest accomplishment, like waving 'hi' or throwing her little arms in the air for 'touchdown'.
Just visiting with my daughter-in-law, who is truly a beautiful woman inside and out, makes for a wonderful day whenever we chance to have a moment or two together. I love her compassion and caring for the people around her. She has a heart of gold and I will be forever grateful my oldest son found his soul mate within this extraordinary woman.
Listening to the laughter of the two oldest grandchildren as they piddle around the house and yard helping grandpa and I with our chores. The oldest granddaughter has a wonderful conversational piece for when she has dinner with grandpa and I. It is called, Sharing our Feelings. Each person has a turn to tell something they are feeling. Of course as the dinner goes forward, so does the feelings conversation :)
Spending time with some of our oldest and dearest friends this week reminded me, we are not getting any younger, but the friendships that were made all those years ago, are still as strong as ever, even though life has taken us all in different directions.
Firming up friendships, which is very delightful to say the least. I treasure certain friendships with all my being, and the ones I've been deepening over the course of the last month, are friendships I realized recently are some of the ones that I need in my life. They strengthen me, keep me on my toes, and are some of the biggest blessings of my life.
I had a few days off this week. The first day was spent with my writer pals, brainstorming new ideas and making the bond we share even more solid than it was before.
Then a dear friend of mine and I took off to Camp Chesterfield for their Saturday evening service. During my reading I was told to be more playful and take time out of life to be playful. This combined with my reading before of letting things flow, really gave me some food for thought.
So when Monday rolled around after taking Sunday completely off of life, my sister asked me to go shopping with her. I was so tempted to say, I have laundry to do, dishes to do, vacuuming that really shouldn't be put off... you know all those responsible things one should be doing as a full grown adult woman who has a million things to do on her plate. Instead, I caught myself preparing to say such things, and realized there is time to go play :)
I have to say I'm glad I did. Guess what, the dishes and laundry they were still there when I got back. The vacuum still needed run. And sure, I still had it to do later, BUT, the fun and memories made playing hooky, that would not still be there :)
I look at social media, hear the chatter around me, and see so much hatred and anger being spread around and I take pause and assess the things I read and hear and see. But when everything quiets down and I sit quietly in my own little world, I shake my head and wonder how much hate would still be out there if everyone took a few moments each day to focus as much energy into the beauty around them as they do the hate and bitterness???
Everyone have a lovely night!!!
Blessings to all!!!