I have been fee…

Color!…Glorious Color!

I have been feeling an urgency to change up my life a bit.  Summer has brought with it me stir crazy and sweet, nostalgic memories of the carefree, happy hours of childhood spent at play in my favorite haunts. I think this urgency comes from a need for rejuvenation ..and certainly it comes from a need to be submersed in something that brings me complete carefree joy. Adulthood brings with it so many responsibilities, stresses, and unending work that I’ve come to realize I’ve forgotten how to be that exuberant, spontaneously joyful person I once was, who had the ability to creat freshness in my life through the zealousness of living every moment as if each one was the best I’d ever had. So…How to rediscover the simplicity of living joyful? Stop, look around you, really SEE what you have, and figure out how to enjoy something “old” in a new way.

We’ve been working for years on our yard..improving here and there as we have been able.  This year we were able to add to our patio area and lay down some lawn.  Wow! The benefits are so much more worth the cost, we’ve been pinching ourselves and asking why we didn’t do so much sooner! But, every year, we make some improvement in the yard and by the end of each summer, I’m kicking myself that I haven’t taken the opportunity to spend time in the yard enjoying it. So, last week, I had a couple of vacation days. I decided to set a goal of enjoying the nature in my own back yard. What better way to do this than spend vacation there?  I took a whole day and enjoyed my yard.  I started out in the morning with coffee on the lawn and ended my day with cocktails on the patio.  The rejuvenation that comes with basking in nature is unparalleled.  I felt I had gotten away, and been completely refreshed!  Plus I had a clean bathroom when I needed it, “free” food, and home entertainment to boot!  I was a little surprised at how much I enjoyed the day.  And I learned something about the place I call home.  It has its own (in miniature) natural rhythms. There is a whole plethora of sights, sounds, and scents that normally I never tune in to. For example, take the morning light as it sifts through the dense greenery of the trees..this light sparkles and shifts in a lively, merry dance to the tune of wild birds twittering and chirping. The cool, clean morning air aerates the aroma of my coffee and adds an extra “something” to its already rich, robust flavors. And, children’s laughter filters through like perfectly compiled background music, a natural and complimentary addition to the pleasant morning happenings. Aaahh… Pure Heaven.
…And my day was a complete success! I’ll vacation in my yard again. In fact I’ll be spending a day each week until the end of summer…basking in sun and nature. And I learned anew that part of living life to it’s fullest is learning how to take every day opportunities to stop, listen, and enjoy the little things that make a house a home. Happy Summer!

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