Saturday, March 9, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 10: All Wrapped Up

The sound of the ocean, the smell of the sea, 
 hands warming on the first cup of coffee on a cold morning
....all wrapped up in one perfect moment.

“To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh, Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 9, Doors

I love most old door knobs. These door knobs are on all the doors in the old house we live in. They are tiny though and hard to get a good grip on. So most of the doors in our house remain cracked just a wee bit to make it easier to get them open.

To me the door knob is the potential of the door. It's the thing that can lock us securely inside. With a simple twist, the door knob can reveal what lies on the other side of the door. Metaphorically, the door knob can unleash great potential or it can lock it inside.  Or opening a door can be a simple transition from one moment to the next. I like that our quirky small door knobs leave us no choice but to be suspended on the verge of opening the door. I like being a door opener. 

But that wasn't at all I was thinking of showing you this week. And it wasn't even this door knob in particular that I wanted to photograph. That door knob is part of a bigger picture.

Alice has been sitting in this chair for most of the past two days looking out across the street to where workers are putting a new roof on the neighbor's house. It struck me that Alice really wishes that unlatched door behind her led to the outside. She really really wants to go over and say hello.

She's been begging me. See? Those are the eyes of a dog that is desperate to go and make a nuisance of herself. But I have resisted.

We're taking her and Bob camping on the beach instead. Don't hate me though for going to the beach for 4 days. I'd take you along if I could. But it's only going to be in the 50's and down to the ,brrrrr, 30's at night. You might not like it. I'll catch up with you all when we get back next week!

“Be an opener of doors”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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