Thursday, October 21, 2010

Simple Things

Since starting this blog, the pressure has been on to find exciting or noteworthy things about which to write.  (The pressure is entirely self-inflicted, of course).  I feel I should warn my readers; as this is my first official blog, I have yet been able to ascertain just what makes something exciting or noteworthy.  It seems rather subjective-what I may find worth writing about may be trivial to another.  Until I had something I call an "aha!" moment-I follow blogs because I am interested in what other people find interesting.   This is, I now realize,  the beauty of blogging!

Tonight I was reminded of something else I find beauty in:  the simple things in life.  Tonight I sat outside in the chilly evening air (68 degrees is considered chilly here in the Southwest).  I had just savored a lovely dinner of cedar-planked salmon with some steamed asparagus, and my husband had built a fire in the fire pit.  The smoke curled around us and up into the air, as though it carried the day's worries away. As I sat there and let out a sigh, I felt muscles I hadn't realized were tense release and relax.  I fancied that the smoke from the fire was due to some magical spell cast with the intent to make me surrender.  Surrender to the moment, and the peace of the evening.  I had forgotten how profound something so simple can be....surrender.

Hurry, hurry, hurry...Got no time to dilly-dally... 

It is so easy to get caught up in the daily grind-we forget that life doesn't have to be about a to-do list.  Often times we live to work, when what we really should do is work to live.  Europeans have it right.  There is magic in the simple things life has to offer. And there is beauty in surrender.

As always, live life with enthusiasm.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fall Hustle and Bustle

Today was a day filled with errands that required me to venture out during the middle hours of the day, and I found it to be filled with more chaos than anticipated.  Not my own, necessarily, but the chaos created by too many people cramped into too little space, which too much to do in too little time.  Yes, Autumn has arrived, and with it the influx of snowbirds.  Add to that, the drop in temperature here in the "valley of the sun" means locals emerging from their air-conditioned homes, like bears coming out of hibernation.  Combine the two, and you have an afternoon of Frogger-like driving maneuvers and the need for a valium.

This brings me to the question:  What makes people so angry while they are driving?  And why do they feel it is necessary to share that anger with others on the roadways with them, via horn honking, road rage, swooping or single finger salutes?  It baffles me.  

Another thing that baffles me:  Females wearing strapless tops with bras that are not strapless.  These are just a few things that run through my mind as I go through my day.  And much like the angry drivers spreading the "love" mentioned earlier...I choose to share my thoughts with those of you who stop by for a visit.

As always, live life with enthusiasm.