You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.
~ Andy Warhol
It’s day 10 of the 100 Days of Gratitude Challenge, and I notice that I find myself paying attention to a lot of little things. It is, after all, the little things that add up over time to create a big, full life.
Little changes in the weather are apparent. The nights have gotten considerably cooler in the past week. The mornings are dewy, and often foggy. There are small changes in the colors of the foliage.
A leaf here, a leaf there, and before you know it, a whole section of leaves on a tree have changed.
I think we’re still a few weeks off from peak fall foliage season, but more and more changes are becoming obvious.
Find gratitude in the little things and your well of gratitude will never run dry.
~ Antonia Montoya
Remember when I wrote about the hole that needs filled, and my discovery that the hole might not need to be filled at all? That it is there to allow us to experience the moment? (I’ll go find it for you. Hold on. Ah, here it is. Near the bottom of this post.)
Well. I’d like to tell you it changed my life, from that moment on. And it has. Sort of. But a lifetime of habit, of feeling as if something is missing, of trying to fill that hole in the soul doesn’t just dissolve with one epiphany. Sometimes I go back to old patterns of thought and behavior.
People have moments of consciousness and epiphanies throughout their lives, but then suppress the realization.
~ Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason
Most times, though, it’s as if fresh air rushes through me, and I remember that I don’t need to patch or fix anything. I just need to be, and allow life and life’s experiences to move in and out.
And for that, I am grateful. It was one small thought on a day full of small thoughts, yet it made a huge impact on me.
Gotta love the little things in life.
Thank you for stopping by on this gorgeous fall day. I’ll be heading out to the dock to watch the sunset. Today’s is scheduled for 6:44 PM. Come early, and we’ll chat a bit while we wait for the sun to go down behind the horizon. Bring a jacket. Once the sun leaves us, the temperature drops pretty quickly.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Finally finding a use for the giant sweet potato we received as part of our CSA share last week (it provided over 8 cups of cubed sweet potato, in case you’re interested in knowing); sprouted bread; the scent of curry spices wafting through the house; watching Izzy and Bella play; fog and sunlight in the early morning.