Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Kindness Project

One of the KINDEST acts I can think of at the moment is acknowledging a wonderful blogger who shares beauty in all ways: words, deeds, and images. A way to expand that KINDNESS is to share that beauty with others. So here's part of one post DAISY HICKMAN wrote recently.

Daisy's QUESTION: Are you always evaluating something?  Do your thoughts run you around the block a few times before you even get up in the morning?

Lee's ANSWER: Oh dear, yes.




Her question reminded me of those other times--those times of being in the moment--those times of JOY. I decided to turn off my "thinking" mode the mode where I'm constantly evaluating and strategizing and planning for the next step. I decided to just BE. Just listen. Just watch. Just attend to what my senses presented--for one day. 

Here was my JOYFUL day. Here's a day when I was "willing for things to be as they are." 


A Garden Griffin



One Rose for the Garden




Sand Sculpture of Plein Air Artist


A Bit More Art


A Quiet Space
My Stare Off Into The Trees Place




Thank you Daisy Hickman for reminding me about the 
JOY. 


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19 comments:

  1. Taking a moment and just being is a skill. It may have been natural at one point in time but in adult life, it's a forgotten one. Good for you for cultivating joy!

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  2. That's why I play guitar. It's my moment of joy with no thinking.

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  3. Oh what a beautiful post! So glad I came by today, Lee. And thank you, Daisy, for those thoughts as well.

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  4. This is a beautiful post. It's important to remember to just sit and be joyful and not think.

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  5. I love days like that. I'll have to go hang out with Daisy.

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  6. Those days are definitely the best kind. Thanks for the reminder!

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  7. You've described my morning walk. It's a time when I do a lot of strategizing and creative thinking.


    Lee
    A Faraway View

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  8. Oh I LOVE your stare-off-into-the-trees place.

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  9. I am so bad at remaining in the present. Always thinking ahead about something. Thanks for the reminder.

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  10. Maybe Bish and I can come join you in the stare off into the trees place--gorgeous. It is so hard to just BE, especially when this world makes us feel we're always one step behind. I long for those days as a child when I'd laze in a hammock, staring at clouds, or play in the river, smashing slate into clay objects, or jumping in piles of leaves. A playday, that's what I need. Thanks for the reminder and a lovely post.

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  11. Moments of joy just for joy's sake are so important. Mine usually come when I look at the world through my dog's eyes. Dogs are present tense, and present tense only. Constantly reminding me to enjoy the moment.

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  12. Sometimes we're tricked into thinking that only kids -- or today, maybe not EVEN kids -- can afford any "just being" or "staring off" time. We need more being. :)

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  13. I have to remind myself to do this. My mind is always running and I'm usually evaluating and planning.

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  14. How wonderful. Like you, I tend to strategize and plan for the future more than I appreciate the moment. And there is so much joy in the moment. Lovely post!

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  15. That is why I blog.... it just relaxes you. Especially when I do a little research before writing.
    Byproduct: it enhances your knowledge.

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  16. A wonderful reminder to get out there and smell the roses. Sometimes we get so caught up in every day life. Love the pictures!
    ~Jess

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  17. Awesome post, Lee! Here's to times of JOY, to unplugging and relaxing and loving the beauty around us. Thanks for the reminder! :o) <3

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  18. I agree that the best medicine is enjoying life. Oh and laughter helps. Beautiful photos Lee! Julie

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