September 21. 2014
It's been a stellar day.
I had the joy of leading a yoga/writing retreat early this morning. It's an irreverent group of women which is why I love them. We laugh a lot. One woman came up to me afterwards and said, I'm glad I took this. I thought we might be standing in tree pose and writing at the same time. I said, That might be fun. Might have to try it. At the end, I read this little ditty written by a second grader named Jason, from 1997.
It goes like this: (I am writing it the way he did)
When I grow up I want to be a travler Because I want to see more of the world and icsplore unkone placece that I never seen in my life. and read thigs I have never red before. But I will go see anchint things to. Then go check out museums then climb the steepest monten.
Really there's nothing else to say after that. Jason nailed it for me.
Joy in what we do is not an added feature; it's a sign of deep health. - Mark Nepo
I thought about that, or rather felt it in my whole being this morning. I got to do my favorite things.
talking (can't shut a preacher's kid up)
listening to people read their stuff
I want this kind of work all the time. Joyful work. And I want to be a travler. And I want to tell you how I read a memoir called A Year Without Sugar recently and then the very next day met my friend Jane for tea at Wegman's where I ate a carrot muffin + a sticky bun all in one sitting; clearly a defiant move on my part. These things happen.
After the yoga Claire and I went to Starbucks to people watch. She was concerned about me bringing a blueberry muffin (that I'd taken from the retreat!) into Starbucks. What? I'm Scottish.
Is that too weird, I asked.
Well, maybe just a little odd.
I left the muffin wrapped in a napkin in my backpack. (I bought a carrot muffin inside.)
At home, I moved ten wheelbarrow-fuls of old red bricks from one part of my yard to another. Who needs to join a gym + Why not? I cleaned out more garden beds which is way cheaper than a therapist. Claire drove our old blue truck down to the lake in our little neighborhood and I jumped in the lake.
as in, go jump in a lake!
This was joyful too. Really joyful.
All to say, because I have a propensity for autumnal melancholy, I am doing what I can to wake up my joy self. It's easy to be Henny Penny running around my yard worried about all kinds of stuff; shooters on the loose, aging, the mortgage, what to eat for dinner.
Just for today I say, No Henny. Take a break. Breath.
Like Jason, I want to see more of the world and icsplore unkone placece that I never seen in my life. Even when I feel like a hot mess, or confused or uncertain - all that stuff, I am claiming this little quote that I found for my birthday mantra (that was a few weeks ago, yea! September) -
you are the laboratory and every day is an experiment.
go and find what is new and unexpected.
- joel elkes
Love you, lovelies.
pass this on.