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It’s the little things

In the clover
In the clover

You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.

~ Andy Warhol

Morning stroll
Morning stroll

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.

Wisps
Wisps of spider silk

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.

One at a time
One at a time

A leaf here, a leaf there, and before you know it, a whole section of leaves on a tree have changed.

Group mentality
Group mentality

I think we’re still a few weeks off from peak fall foliage season, but more and more changes are becoming obvious.

Dewy roses
Dewy roses

Find gratitude in the little things and your well of gratitude will never run dry.

~ Antonia Montoya

Silk and dew
Silk and dew

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.)

The holes are here for a reason.
The holes are here for a reason.

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.

A weave
A weave

People have moments of consciousness and epiphanies throughout their lives, but then suppress the realization.

~ Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

Blue in the early morning
Blue in the early morning

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.

Close to the ground
Close to the ground

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.

Centered
Centered

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.

Expanding
Expanding

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Tangled?  Or is there a method to this madness?
Tangled? Or is there a method to this madness?

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.

 

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

19 thoughts on “It’s the little things

  1. The little realisations can make huge differences, but all too often once the difference is made we forget how we made it and slip back to old ways.
    Sooner or later though, we re-realise and make a Hugh difference all over again. 🙂

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  2. Be easy on yourself, Robin. I think small, simple steps are the key to lasting change– not doing a 180 overnight and expecting new habits or perspectives to stick forever. The hole in the soul conundrum is very similar to the gratitude challenge you’re doing right now: taking things one small step at a time and appreciating ourselves as we go along. 🙂

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    1. Well put, Dana. 🙂 As for being easy on myself, ha! I do try, but a lifetime of being my own worst critic is such a habit that sometimes I don’t even notice it. Yikes! 😮

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  3. Someone once told me to be sure to leave an empty/blank space in a painting or garden so your eye will have a place to rest and consider what has been seen. Without a pause, all the little things blur together into a unit without us seeing each miraculous little piece/universe all to itself.
    Little things are so big.
    You sound so calm and grounded. (and that last picture is like community Christmas lights seen from the sky? How beautiful)
    Enjoy the weekend’s wonders…they will you.

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  4. Wow, 8 cups from one sweet potato? Holy cow!
    I love your reminders to be present in the moment. I know how good life is right now, I’ve got so much to be happy and grateful for and I need to be present to appreciate them.
    Your photos of the spider webs are wicked cool.

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