Remember and Celebrate

December 5, 2016

Clear, Crisp, Sunshiny Days – I Still Need You

I have always loved this photo – a beautiful sunshiny day at the Botanic Gardens. The slow drift of wet snow throughout the day yesterday into the evening reminded me of a visit to the Gardens after another snowstorm a number of years ago and my written response to the images of that day as I participated in my a weekly small group. My written reflections are below.

botanic garden winter path

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Tonight I am the facilitator in our small group in the absence of our leader. I chose a group of photos to use as a journaling prompt and I knew when I chose them which one I would choose, just because I loved it so much. Now, here I am in the quiet with my friends in group as we are given instructions to “journal, using this photo as a picture of your spiritual life and desires as they are right now.”

Clean crisp air
sunshine
no fog today
down coat
warm scarf
soft fuzzy gloves
I am set to enjoy this cold day.

Sort of like my life right now
Clear
sunshine
no fog
It’s good to feel alive
in a “good place.”

But like this beautiful day,
to experience this moment
to the fullest extent
I must pay attention
to what I need
in this good season
of my life
Just as I was prepared for the cold

Yet, good as things are right now,
something is “off.”
I’m “wired . . .”
always moving
my feet,
my hands,
my mouth
my mind racing
unfocused

Last night
as we each quietly considered
the question for ourselves
I felt your presence,
my body – relaxed
my mind – stilled
And I know

I must cultivate the quiet
even in good times.

To not create the time
when I am feeling good
is like not stretching
because my back doesn’t hurt today!

God, you gently reminded me
as good as these days feel right now
I still need time to
quiet myself
listen to you
feelthe down-coat-warm-scarf-fuzzy-glove
warmth of your loving presence.

Linking today with<nsbsp>
Lisha Epperson and Give Me Grace Community

Kelly Chripczuk and Small Wonder Link up.  Kelly is also the author of Chicken Scratch: Stories of Love, Riskand Poultry.   Reading it will change the way you see the mess and chaos involved in living life to its fullest.

5 Comments

5 responses to “Clear, Crisp, Sunshiny Days – I Still Need You”

  1. Shirley says:

    Dang….I wish I had checked my posting before submitting it. You get what I mean…

  2. Shirley says:

    Carol,
    The mystery of spiritual rhythms made up of deliberate patterns are simply all over your pondering….Oh, thevstheOh, the sanity of attentiveness, realigning, recording, peering into the sunny days and the days of shadow to discover the treasures which always, but not withus, but not without some struggle, to remain. I love you, girl.

    • carol says:

      My dear friend Shirley, it’s fun to see you here. You know you are the one who taught me this. I think of you everytime I pay attention. I just can’t help it anymore. by the way, it was you I was filling in for :)

      and I smiled at your follow up post. I have done the same myself!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I love the beautiful photo used as your prompt. Your writing expressed some similar things that I’ve been thinking.

  4. Jody Collins says:

    Oh, Carol, the nuggets abound in this:
    “I must cultivate the quiet even in good times. To not create the time when I am feeling good is like not stretching because my back doesn’t hurt today!”
    and
    “down-coat-warm-scarf-fuzzy-glove warmth of your loving presence.”
    well done :-)

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