“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett
A light fog hangs low on the yard this morning. Daisies and Brown Eyed Susan’s are in bloom despite the thick weeds choking the flower beds. I admit, I gave up weeding years ago when D. passed away. At first it was because I was consumed with grief, now it’s because I overextend myself with projects and responsibilities. I am not sure if this business is just an extension of grief or a habit of uncomfortable living. Either way I have made peace with my gardens and the weeds. I have taken them off my “to do” list. Instead I have a list filled with writing projects, photography projects and one day return to my studio to paint again.
The world is quiet this morning except for the lone screech of a blue jay off in the distance. Even the crickets are silent. Summer has been too cool this year for the June Bugs to start their droning songs in the still heat of midday. I love Sunday mornings, waking up before Jay and the rest of the neighborhood. It is me and the cats sitting in my office, taking our time. Wandering about a poem, writing in my journal, reading an essay I have carried in my bag all week.
Waking up before the rest of the world and especially on Sunday mornings is my secret garden. This space of quiet, with my journal, books, and the birds waking up is where I have found my courage, my voice—my heart. This is where I have learned how to take care of myself.
This weeks Inspiration to Open Your Heart is teeming with so much goodness. I hope at least one link is what you needed to read and perhaps changes your perspective just a bit.
The Importance of Journaling- I am a huge advocate for daily journaling. It has literally saved my life and mind. I began journaling when I was 10 and began a daily journal in 1994 when my son was a baby and I needed a life raft for my mind and heart. I too am plagued with the notion I need to write everyday but I often don’t see my journal writing as counting. I need to get over that.
How to Thrive in a World Where Change is Constant- Want to Innovate? Become a Now-est. So many interesting concepts. So much innovation and change is happening in the world, it is hard to keep up.
The Power of Story by Scott Eagan- Here is a review of Once I Was Cool by Megan Stielstra. I first heard about Megan and her work listening to an interview on Other People Podcast while driving through the flat farm lands of Ohio. I was mesmerized by her candor and her story. You really need to check her out. You can listen to her Other People Podcast interview here. Then go get her book.
The Secret Garden’s Hidden Depths- I could not resist this one. I think we all need our own Secret Garden where we learn how to take care of ourselves and find our voice. I need to re-read this gem of a book.
Unurh Street Art, Hyuro Valencia- More street art that makes our city’s beautiful.
May your coming week be filled with moments in your own secret garden. ~Kira