How can it be?
I just accused someone of stealing half my June, now they’ve gone and swiped a week of July!
I think it’s because I’ve been so busy. I’ve had little time for reflection, planning, or even time to stop and wonder how I’m doing, where my head is…
I guess that’s good thing. When I have too much time on my hands, my mind wanders and sometimes in that wandering I feel either overwhelmed or uninspired – things I’d rather not feel. When I’m busy, I’m just…busy. Occupied. I look up and the day is gone.
Yikes! So IS that a good thing? If I’m racing through life not noticing what is going on, am I really experiencing all that is happening? Or just mindlessly getting through it?
So I was going through my photos in iphoto to select a picture to go with this post, and I noticed something interesting. I AM paying attention to what is going on around me.
When I was watering the garden, I noticed how nicely the annual bed was filling in. How the ceramic mushrooms used to seem to big, and now they seem much smaller. I noticed how bright the colors were. I appreciated what I was seeing enough to want to go and get the camera to capture that moment.
One afternoon recently, when I was watching the kiddles, I heard them giggling from another room and went in to see what they were up to (sometimes giggling from another room can be a bad thing!) and discovered that Hannah was reading to the little kids and she had them laughing. I noticed what they were doing and recognized the “specialness” of the moment enough to want to document it.
Earlier in the week when we set up the piano we brought up from down south, they all sat on the bench and played with the keys. I took the normal photo of them all sitting there, but then I noticed how sweet all their little hands looked on the keys, and closed in on just their hands.
Even when we were sightseeing in San Francisco and the bus came to a stop, I was aware enough of my surrounding to notice the light playing on the leaves of the trees over our heads…
I guess that must mean I’m okay. I’m busy, and I may not be thinking about how I “feel” every moment, but I’m noticing my surroundings, and appreciating them enough to know that I want to capture them to remember again later.
Whew! Crisis averted!