The weekend was spent enjoying the last days of summertime to the fullest.
An al fresco dinner party with dear friends. Dancing under the stars with John to one of my favorite bands. Time on the trail with multiple companions (the two-legged and four-legged varieties). Filling cupcakes with love (and whiskey) for a friend’s birthday. Savoring both the moments of solitude and the humble evenings spent in the kitchen with John. Friends near and far who bring me back to center and demonstrate that love is everywhere. Plenty of time with words- in print, online, in my head, on the keyboard- marveling at their power to hurt or heal. An unexpected reminder that while negativity breeds negativity, the opposite is also true.
I sometimes wonder what people believe my life to be like based on what they read here. I know, because I write one, that what I see on my favorite blogs is literally a fraction of the author’s reality. This is not a moment-to-moment documentary on my life. I don’t share emotionally trying times or professional struggles or private issues here, because they are just that: private. Life isn’t always full of rainbows, but this is a place I’ve designated to remember that even the tiniest rainbow holds significance, that my attitude predicts the manner in which I’ll weather any storm. It is a collection of life’s simple joys, seen though my eyes. That is what I choose to share here, though in the end, I write for me.
As I type, a ladybug has flown in through my open patio door and landed on my desk, next to my coffee. What a perfectly timed reminder of how lucky I am to live this life.
What are you doing to savor these last days of summer?