Sunday, October 18, 2009

sunday reflections



the past few days have been spent with family and old friends. and there has been lots of time for reflective thinking. but there has also been a lot of time for living in the moment and just truly enjoying it. and sometimes, that's what you need most. to stop the endless looking for what's next and to enjoy what's right here, right now. the fact is, that i don't know what's next. i begin to have inklings of it that come to me in sharper and sharper relief, guiding me towards the right decisions, but i need to live within my life, right here, right now.

i am ever in awe of how seemingly innocuous, random conversations with people can move you forward in ways you wouldn't have imagined possible.

~ talking with a very good friend about the unexpected death of his father makes you realize that life is short, too short to do something that doesn't make you happy, where you're not respected and which doesn't give you the time you need with the people that are most important to you or enable you to live as you believe you should live.

~ telling your story to another friend, who you've known for a long time, but didn't really know that well, you realize that you are moving towards something new and you are closer than you thought you were. and quite possibly a whole lot braver than you had suspected.

~ a random encounter with a neighbor who happened to lock herself out of her house and needs a cup of tea makes you realize that sometimes in order to embrace what's next, you have to let go of something.

~ and in listening to your inner voices, you realize that you really need to listen to your inner voices.

i hope your weekend was full of revelations too...

13 comments:

trinsch said...

hmmm, not really that many revelations, but plenty of here and now living. we're in a heat wave, so maybe my brain is just melting... i liked to read about your sunday reflections, if nothing else, these gave me something to think about.

question: how do you get your images that big? i want that too :)

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

this is so beautiful...and wonderful reminder to be open and present to as those moments get presented to you. Lovely.

elizaclairephotography said...

Beautiful post, it sounds as though there's been a lot of thought chez vous this weekend. Here, I'm too tired to make much sense of a busy weekend, but I'm sure reflection will create revelation as the week goes on and I have a chance to digest all of the new information from my weekend.

MissBuckle said...

It´s funny when you say something out loud and it becomes true.

I do some of my best thinking trough my mouth.

Elizabeth said...

Still pondering over writing is the new praying and the words house,home and shelter for the soul.

spudballoo said...

Super photo, love it. Sounds like your weekend was so 'useful', as well as wonderful.

Here...well I learnt that when you put people near the beginning of their lives with someone very near the end of their life your heart will break so much you can hear it. Because they love each other and learn so much from each other, but time is very short now.

Also I learnt that I have to tackle the 'God' issue, for myself, with MrSpud and the boys once and for all. I can't carry on wading through the murky shallows anymore. I will blog on that later.

And that our children see things so much more clearly than we do. I wish I could borrow their wise eyes for a bit, so I could see the wood for the trees.

Finally, competitive parenting is alive and well in me when I thought I didn't posses it. My child rocks. The end ;-)

xx

The pale observer said...

That photograph made my day! And the post was great too!!!

CatLadyLarew said...

Lovely post with totally deep thoughts. Thanks, Julochka!

Char said...

i like what you learned and i'm sorry to hear of your friend's loss - it's so devastating at any age to lose a parent.

what i learned - that a cold snap can make one giddy, that time with family is beautiful, that i can make a decent meatloaf and sometimes just watching the world go by is a good thing.

An Open Heart said...

I love this post. Don't you just love when out of no where things become clear - like someone hit a big focus button in the middle of your day, weekend, week and all of a sudden you are able to REALLY see? I revel in these kinds of epiphanies....I have discovered that, since writing is the new praying, my blog has gifted me with MANY epiphanies this year.

(p.s. DANG the NIKON rocks the color! great photo).


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Georgie K. Buttons said...

Lovely revelations. Thanks for sharing.

Janet said...

I'm in an extremely reflective mood right now, so I really enjoyed this. No big aha! moments yet, but lots of little whispers that i'm trying desperately to listen to. thanks!

SE'LAH... said...

this photo is one of my favourites by far.