Friday, May 30, 2008

10 things part VI

"Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things" ~ Author Unknown

10 Things, part VI

As I grow older( yeah 29 tomorrow) and with each passing year I have learned to love the small things life presents. Just yesterday I was driving to work and I loved that between all the bright green grass and budding trees there were these beautiful purple wild flowers. It felt like I was supposed to slow down and see my favorite color peeking out from the woods. Secretly, I wanted to pretend that they were only there for me to see, my present for the day. (Actually, I was kicking myself for not having my camera handy).

So, the sixth thing I love about my life is how I've grown to appreciate the small things that show up in my life. Whether it was a beautiful sunrise or a patch of green grass in a rotting garden, I love the little things.

I love when out of no where on a rough day with JC, he will lean on me and not say anything. I love when I get in the car from a long day at work and I hear the perfect song to whisk me away from a bad mood. Or when I smell something that takes me back in time to remember someone I miss. I cherish it all.

Photography has been one way I have tried to capture the small things that make me so very happy at that moment. Go see over there, click on my flickr badge. Trees for example, since taking photos of just about everything I have this huge fascination with trees. I love the way the leaves move in the wind or how the branches grow crooked and how the bark gives a tree personality. I love it.

So today, as I look for the small things in life, I encourage you to find something of your own. If you find it, let me know, I'd love to know yours too.


imadramamama said...

I have to agree with you about photography. I've grown really interested in it lately and I've noticed that I can stop and enjoy things now that I wouldn't have noticed before. The way the sun casts a shadow, the burst of color in a sea of green leaves, stuff like that. Photography really does "open your eyes"!

Mimi's Toes said...

Happy Birthday tomorrow....EAT CAKE!

Stacie said...

your photos are beautiful too!

Natalie Witcher said...

Little waxy chocolate donuts

my wonderful men... said...

I didn't know you were a May Birthday? So am I! Happy Birthday tomorrow.
We should go out for a Birthday drink.

Getting older makes you look at life in such a way I never thought possible. I love it though, slowing down makes you see things you never saw before at 100 mph.

Have a great birthday weekend.

Ann(ie) said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BLOGGY PAL!! I hope your day is just fabulous. I just have adored getting to know you.

You have the same birthday as my dad, but I'm not going to hold that against you. teehee. He's just the tiniest bit cukoo. Although, I share my bday with Winona Ryder. neat.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats said...

Happy Birthday girl! There is something about growing older that makes you appreciate the little things in life. I love the smell of the morning in summertime.

Pinks and Blues said...

Happy, Glorious, Fabulous Birthday!!

Have you ever read Thornton Wilder's play, Our Town? I first read it in high school, then I taught this play to my high school seniors each year for 30 years, and one line in that play has shaped my entire life:

"Choose an unimportant day. Choose the least important day in your life. It will be important enough."

These words are said by Mrs. Gibbs, explaining to her daughter-in-law Emily that we often think too much of the big days... the weddings, the birthdays, the celebration days... when all along, each day, so much is going on all around us. Wonderful things, like clocks ticking and sunflowers and coffee and new-ironed dresses.

You have beautifully captured the essence of LIFE in your post.

No a moment goes by that I don't feel the beauty and wonder of it. Like sitting here, typing to you. This is my moment of beauty, knowing that it is your birthday! Have a perfect day!

Sharon - Pinks & Blues

ps I hear you had a great time at SATC!

iheartchocolate said...

Happy B day to ya!

Me too! I love purple. I love the trees. I love the small things.

I try to savor my kids' ever-evolving personalities.

Peggy said...

Hello -- I'm new to your blog, but you made me stop and think, so I figured the least I could do is stop and comment. While I crankily sit in my office on a sunny Sunday afternoon, you made me think that I love the fact that my two-year-old daughter spent the first half of our church service this morning snuggling her face into my neck and giving me what she calls "too-tight hugs." Thanks for making me think -- now it's back to work so I can get home to more too-tight hugs!

List Mama said...

Hope your birthday was wonderful and that you stopped to smell (and photograph) the flowers!


Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh my gosh you're looking beautiful here today!!! Love it!


Autumn said...

Great post! And so true!

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Crooked Eyebrow said...

um, thanks?