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A kind and thoughtful message from a friend, who I know has a very full and busy life, but made the time to reach out to me.
Discovering about the many people in non-profits devoting time to environmental issues from rewilding to re-using. Truly inspiring.
Creativity and knowledge of people who love their work. I meet many of these people every day. It’s rightly inspiring and at the same time it’s a reminder not to complain.
My third lesson on Buddhism, with Mexican professor Jesús Cabrera, where we talked about what is Happiness and the importance of being grateful at all times in order to be happy.
Also, one of the things that stayed echoing in my mind was Shakyamuni Buddha teaching that “the best of the good deeds to pursue happiness is to listen to the teachings of Buddhism”.
My first practice session with our Bryson City United Methodist Church Glory Strings Players group. I’m learning to play the Autoharp with a group of friends who play dulcimer, guitar, fiddle, banjo, and violin in church and by invitation at other special local events. I cannot imagine life without music, which I believe is proof that God loves us, and am so blessed to be invited to be part of this group… ❤️🙏🏻
The consciousness of my ex husband seemed to expand a little bit
Every night just before I drop off to sleep, I send love as a gift to myself into the next day. Each morning, as I sit and drink the first sip of coffee, I pick it up. The first sip of hot strong coffee and here I am responding to this question and love is inspiring me.
Thank you for the great idea!
I read it somewhere and have loved it since 😍
gosh! I’m inspired by your habit! 🙂
It really works.
While preparing for a Gratefulness-meeting with some friends coming soon, where it is my pleasure to invite people of my area for pondering on what might be essential, the question arose of how to support being authentic and of how to honor own truth while in the same time honoring the truth of another. These questions given by the Gratefulness-team have inspired me today and will for a while. So grateful to meet these questions inside and together with friends.
The wonder of my breath. I feel the rise and fall. I hear the quiet passage through my nostrils. I sense the energy within my body with each breath. Yet it is invisible. Unable to be grasped. And if it stops, then I leave. What a wonderful, gracious, moment-by-moment gift!
On my usual daily walk I decided today to take photos of all the flowers I saw. I thought I knew all the flowers around here but this way I saw so many more, realised the differences between some I thought were the same, noticed differences in distribution, timing of flowering….and their amazing beauty. what a wonderful way to start the day.
What inspires me is to have another chance to begin again today with pleasure in simple things.
My dear friend who is living into a serious cancer diagnosis. In the midst of making decisions about treatment she is her usual excited self about our in person visit and doing the fun stuff we enjoy. Like swimming in a lake, a bike ride, gathering for dinner with friends.
The beautiful sunny day outside just waiting for me to do my daily walk.
Living in the Bay Area waking up to mornings with an apparent grey sky and sitting outside slowly watching the fog melt away and give way to a blue sky.
The beautiful 70s degree weather!
I was inspired by reading the daily questions from previous days. The one about resilience reminded me of the saying, “Fall down seven times, get up eight,” the Japanese proverb: “Nana korobi ya oki” (literally: seven falls, eight getting up) (七転び八起き) It’s inevitable that we prevail if we just stand up. That’s all. We don’t have to first know what we’ll “do” after getting up, or be overwhelmed in advance. Just. Get. Up.
I was washing out the bird bath which sits under a very large tree in my back yard. A young squirrel came racing around the trunk, stopped looked me in the eye and began watching my cleaning operation. He was so close to me that I could see his little chest heaving rapidly. I’m sure he had frozen in place out of fear at our encounter. I said, “It’s alright, Buddy. You have nothing to fear from me.” And he proceeded to race on up into the tree branches. I’m pretty sure he got my message!
Carol, I love the image of your talking to the little guy! I talk to nature all the time…my aquarium fish, my flowers…
I was walking my dogs. Cody is the black one and Calvin is the brown one. The neighborhood was quiet. The air was fresh and the weather was cool. We took our time. We paused, and they just wanted their bellies rubbed. They looked at me, and smiled. It got me thinking – I used to work so hard to find freedom, serenity, connection, happiness. You know what … Those things have been here this whole time. Realizing I already have those things, right now in the present, got me inspired. I exhaled, and continued to play.
Looking out of my patio doors just now there were, not one, but three jackdaws scooping up mealworms as fast as they could! I haven’t seen jackdaws for years and here were three of them right outside the window. I put out sunflower seeds and dried mealworms every day and get so much pleasure from seeing “my” birds coming down to grab what they can while it’s there. It’s my special connection with nature as I can no longer get out into the garden and get my hands properly dirty.
I had to google them … what eyes they have!
That is so nice, Butterfly! My neighbor puts a handful of peanuts-in-the-shell out every morning, and it attracts Blue Jays. It is his morning ritual, but I get to enjoy it, too! 🙂
Waking earlier than usual and seeing a spectacular sunrise over the mountains, feeling the cool air of morning before it heats up and the quiet peaceful splendor of it all.
Waking up early and seeing three deer outside my window.
Good theatre. Attended a reading of a play last night. The craft of a well wrought script brought to life by gifted actors inspires me. Art in most all its forms inspires me.
I relate. I was very active in community theatre and it always filled me with joy to work with others to bring a playwright’s work to the stage. I found community theatre to always be a labor of love.
I have a simple practice of listening to and singing Psalms in the morning. The poetry of Psalm 19 inspires me to consider the “words of my mouth the meditations of my heart.”
I just woke up, lol.
But I went downstairs to make coffee and looked out the kitchen window to watch brood #2 of Mr. and Mrs. Hopeful (the sparrows nesting in the birdhouse a few feet from my kitchen window). There are at least two fledglings in the nest this time, and one of them, like the last time, is starting to get very curious about the bigger world and is sometimes poking her head out of the nest and looking around. Any day now she will be leaving the nest. The other fledgling I could not see this morning and the peeping was quite indignant. I imagine they were getting stepped on by their twin so they could reach the window, lol.
Things like this inspire me and keep me going when days are difficult. Yesterday while weeding, I saw that we had praying mantises hatch in the vegetable beds. Their little wee forms are perfect in shape to the adult ones, but they are sort of a light lime green, and tried weeding one twice because it was so camouflaged in the weeds! lol
It isn’t always nature that inspires. We are in the middle of super-cheap renovations of our kitchen – total DIY. And yesterday I had to unload the extra large cupboard of my dish collection, so I saw the dishes this morning stacked on the table and they make me happy. The arts and craft also inspires me. These dishes, many of which are hand made and hand painted, were cheap flea market rescues that I started collecting forty years ago. They are all blue and white, most of them “rice dishes” made in China with grains of dried rice pressed into the porcelain before firing, leaving thin spots in patterns so delicate that if you hold it up to light, the light comes through the porcelain! Manmade beauty, a craft that has all but disappeared in our assembly line world. When I would set the table for large gatherings, everyone loved it. Nothing matched! Everything looked like it belonged together, yet everyone had an unique, layered place setting, and everything blue and white. Art can be comforting, and deepen our experiences.
Labor for me, can also be inspiring. While my husband is working at replacing our counter and sink, my job is repairing the walls and painting, and I do a professional job of it. At the moment I’m working in the back entrance next to the kitchen, so we are out of each other’s way. When I went down this morning and saw the walls of this ancient house, all patched, “faked,” and painted a clean white base coat over what used to be a cobbled together room with a fallen ceiling, one very uneven cement wall, and an ANCIENT puke yellow paint with dull green underneath… I’m very satisfied and inspired to finish it up with the top coats. We picked several shades of light gray to match the “marble” (Formica) counter tops. It was literally the cheapest counter top we could find but it is looking quite pretty now. Everything is coming together with careful thought and more labor than money. And it is always nice, wherever we go, to leaving things in better condition than when we found it.
So, hum… lol. I guess that’s a lot of inspiration for being awake just five minutes. I wonder what the rest of the day will bring!
Thank you for a Mr. and Mrs. Hopeful update:) You write so beautifully, beautiful reflection.
thank you, Michele! 😀
Holly, what a wonderful vision you paint of your home! And wonderful it will be to live in your place that has your touch in every corner. It would be so inviting to sit at your table & eat off of those beautiful dishes in your lovingly restored home!
Thank you, Christine! Wouldn’t that be delightful to sit together and share a meal! There are so many people here I wish I could meet.
Some of my dishes are a little chipped and cracked, but then it fits me… I’m a little cracked, too! haha. 🙂
My beautiful dogs who wake me up with love in their hearts and smiles on their faces💕💕
And hungry bellies!! I adore my kitty’s wake-up face pats.
The air is sweet & brisk on this late June morning. Rain will be falling soon. It’s good inspiration to buckle down & attack my last paper for this school year. The impact of the Psalms on my life is first on tap. Psalm 139❤️❤️❤️
I saw some tiktoks videos about the ‘that girl’ trend. These helped me to realize that I need to better myself and refrain from frequent procrastination and eating junk food
Looking outside I see a blue sky and sun rising above the horizon. Hear our local cardinal chirping and singing in the neighbourhood. I realize how much our vegetable garden is growing . Tomatoes are beginning to form, the green beans are climbing skyward up the trellis reminding me of my daily growth.
The sunrise bringing a new day with endless possibilities and opportunities.
A willingness to accept my challenges and fears as an opportunity to grow closer to my God.
The meditation I started my day with. I hope to find more inspiration as the day goes on, as it’s still quite early at the moment 🙂
My daughter. She is 21, but her courage in the midst of an invisible illness gives me strength to keep moving forward no matter the challenges.
The Word for the Day: In nature there is no alienation. Everything belongs.
Yes, isn’t that a wonderful quote? I was examining my soil yesterday. It was so full of life! Nightcrawlers, sow bugs, ladybird beetles, ants, and tiny little things I could not identify – a whole ecosystem busy at work sequestering carbon for us and making soil. The quote this morning made me think of that.
Yesterdays answers. 👌
So far, at 4:08 AM, the only thing that has inspired my still-sleepy head is the caffeine swirling in the steamy cup beside me. Inspiration will need to wait its turn!
Never underestimate a good cup of coffee!!!! 😀
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