3-Year Anniversary

Today is the 3-year anniversary of my first blog posting. Keeping a commitment to this blog — really a form of journaling — is part of my sincere wish to be a person who lives in the moment.  Being mindful of what is happening  — the big events as well as the tiny ones — on a minute-by-minute basis, brings a lot of joy. When I am truly living that way, I see so much more.  What some think of as serendipity I think of as being open to seeing possibility and opportunity.

Today is also the 14th birthday of one of my best friends, Mendelssohn. Click on image for larger view.

Happy Birthday MendelssohnHis hearing and sight are not as keen as they once were, but he still brings joy and comfort each day. And inspiration! Did I forget inspiration? See for yourself here.

Today I am wishing for the kind of mindful living that will allow me to recognize the grace I receive in my life.

Thoughtful Tuesday: Recognizing Grace

A month or so ago I came across a short poem that demanded my attention. I’ve had it on my desk since first reading it.

How to Recognize Grace by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

It takes you by surprise.

It comes in odd packages.

It sometimes looks like loss, or mistakes.

It acts like rain or like a sea.

It’s both reliable and unpredictable.

It’s not what you were aiming at or what you thought you deserved.

It supplies what you need, not necessarily what you want.

It grows you up and lets you be a child.

It reminds you you’re not in control.

And that not being in control is a form of freedom.

Keeping a commitment to this blog — really a form of journaling — is part of my sincere wish to be a person who lives in the moment.  Being mindful of what is happening  — the big events as well as the tiny ones — on a minute-by-minute basis, brings a lot of joy. When I am truly living that way, I see so much more.  What some think of as serendipity I think of as being open to seeing possibility and opportunity.

With this in mind a Wishcasting Wednesday post from Jamie Ridler Studios caught my eye.

Today I am wishing for the kind of mindful living that will allow me to recognize the grace I receive in my life.

One-Sentence Journaling

Late in 2009 I learned about a woman who began keeping a one-sentence journal in an attempt to capture highlights of her life on a regular basis. I thought it was a great idea and something I could commit to. For ease, I decided to keep it on my computer and augment the written journal with photographs. Naturally, I often write more than one sentence. But for those days that I record just one sentence, a photograph or two go a long way in fleshing out that sentence. They don’t say “A picture is worth a thousand words” without cause! This process not only captures small moments I don’t want to slip away from me, but it means that I am using my camera more — especially for documenting my art-making process.

If I weren’t journaling I wouldn’t have thought to capture this charming yellow-rumped warbler who visited my backyard

or the result of trying a new recipe for pumpkin cheesecake

or the incredible splash of color that a maple tree in my front yard was wearing recently.

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and the rest of the year will flash by at the speed of sound. I’m looking forward to holding on to at least a few memories as we crash into 2012.