Sunday is a day for reading. Sometimes books, sometimes links I follow from my beloved Brainpickings…all sorts of stuff. I am loving Ann Patchett’s This is the story of a Happy Marriage which I gave my mum with suspect generosity. And I am continuing my research into the going gray project which starts in nine months. (This in fact has become my latest form of procrastination and I will have to watch it. I limit it to one page of reading now. Other woman just gracefully grow gray. I bore people for a year and then make a song and dance about it. Still, to each her own.)
Today I came across two thoughts that I am going to ponder. No more reading now…just reflection:
From the poet Mary Oliver:
Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.
My sister stayed last week and after a magical run through the bush early one morning, the sun rising and colouring the sky and strong, red kangaroos leaping up the hills around us, we both talked about the importance of appreciating the wonder of the ordinary, of not missing the treasure right before us.
I am slowly seeing that my running, my meditating, being astonished, being still, is indeed all part of making my art. All entwined. In several aspects of my life there is this slow awareness of the oneness of it all. Has that got anything to do with fray hair? Maybe. I think that is why this comment by 90 year old Phyllis Sues so inspired:
People ask me all the time what’s my secret. I tell them move, learn and listen…What inspires me is the process of learning. Inspiration creates creativity and creativity creates a better life. I like experimenting and I have no fear of trying something new, so flying high on a trapeze at 80 was never a question…stay fit and enjoy the journey. Accept the challenge and go for it!
Read her whole article here.
Love this Wendy. Clyde said this at the weekend, ‘Enjoy today, because one day you will look back and it will be ‘The Good Old Days.’ x
That is so true Deb! We need to savour them.
Hugs to you in your steadily growing garden!
Loved this…… “I am slowly seeing that my running, my meditating, being astonished, being still, is indeed all part of making my art. All entwined. In several aspects of my life there is this slow awareness of the oneness of it all.” Recently I spent 10 days walking along a wild coast beach, alone much of the time. It was like a walking meditation. I relate so much to your words.
I think it is all connected to trying to live in a mindful way. The meditation is the practise I need to help me be more mindful outside those times. I am still at Mindfulness 101 but enjoying it! Long beach walks would be fabulous home walk! We are over one thousand kms from any beaches out here but it means I really savour them when I get them! Lovely to hear from you Robyn!