Monday, June 27, 2011

Common Miracles, week seven

Inspired by a blog post (100 things to love about summer, how great is that?) I read this weekend, and of course happy to play along with Chel's Common Miracles project, I am focusing on SUMMER as my Common Miracle this week.

Because summer does seem to have arrived, finally. Today was hot and humid and not particularly sunshine-y, and normally I would be kind of ticked off at the weather, this early in the season. But it was WARM, and it feels like we've been waiting forever to get to WARM. So I'll take it. No complaining!

And while today didn't go exactly according to the "summer plan," house-and-yard-work-wise (we've been aiming for mornings of work and afternoons of play), Seth and I did get quite a bit accomplished, and I got to flex some of my flexibility muscles, which sometimes need a little added flexing.

But my favorite aspects of summer are coming along swimmingly... long evenings when you want to stay outside until the last bit of dusk disappears. Eating supper under the cherry tree (by which I mean, supper = cherries). Seeing that some part of the lawn needs a little extra water, so setting a sprinkler on it for a little while... and seeing one of the dogs attack the sprinkler! Watermelons with that special "thunk." Salads that have as much fruit as greens, if not more. Bare arms. Brown bare arms. Wheat waving in the breeze, just about to turn golden. Looking forward to play time parceled out over the next few days, for Seth as well as me. Enjoying every second with my boy, knowing he'll be gone a little longer this next time around and wanting each moment to be perfect--in full knowledge that it won't be, can't be, but in a way, it still is. Even in its imperfection, it's exactly what it needs to be. Om.

“Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior’s world.” –Pema Chodron

Come play along with Common Miracles!

1 comment:

  1. As much as the heat sort of overwhelms me, I do love the extra hours I get every evening to sit outside. I can't believe just a few short months ago the sun was setting at 5:30pm, and now it's 8:30pm and later. So just to be able to spend more time outside make me happy. I just need to start my day earlier, I think- gardening in the mid-day sun is just ZAPPING me. Even swimming in the middle of the day sucks the energy from me. It's almost like the sun requires something back from us if it is going to emit all that light and heat!


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