Today I played around a bit with sharing buttons only to realize it wasn’t working exactly as I wanted. Silly me, I’m from the old school! I like to manually code things. So, I searched for a plugin after realizing I needed a plugin to make it work, and I grabbed the add-to-any plugin. When they say “add to any,” they’re not kidding — hover over that little button and see just how many social networking sites are on there. While you’re at it, show your love and share my posts with the masses.
Friday afternoon, I took pictures of the white cherry tree on campus. The delicate little flowers are so beautiful. This song is quite beautiful as well. I’m actually dedicating this one to Nikki and Sam. May your last heartbreak be just that — the last.
Monday morning I noticed a tree along my typical path from the bus stop to my office. This particular tree was covered in tiny white flowers. It couldn’t be, I thought. I walked up to the tree to examine the delicate flowers in bloom. Sure enough, it appeared to be a Yoshino cherry tree. Everyday this week, I have been treated to a little piece of happiness. Then just this afternoon, I noticed a similar tree growing near the front of my apartment complex. Had I not been running a little behind trying to catch the bus back to work, I would have stopped to admire its beauty. I had never noticed these trees flowering like this in previous years, and I am pleased to see that should I be destined to remain in Gainesville that I will still be able to live out my cherry blossom dream.
[February 24th] Open Loops: Will there ever be a time in your life when all your open loops are closed? If not, what can you do right now to accept that they’re open?
Ever heard the expression, “when one door closes, another opens”? Well, that basically covers my opinion on closing all loops (aka loose ends) at a given point in time. We are always growing and changing, so there will always be a new loop opening as an old loop closes. The best way to cope with that is to take each loop as it comes — handle the situations as the arise, and rejoice in accomplishments. I can’t imagine living a life where one doesn’t find peace in completing even the most mundane of tasks. Life is too short to run around crying about how that house hasn’t materialized yet, or the dream vacation in Europe has been planned yet, etc.
I know I don’t have a very wide reaching audience, but I’m going to do my part to help a family in need anyhow. Please read about the Augsburger Family’s dilemma over on the Born in Sarasota blog. I can’t even begin to imagine the nightmare they’re going through right now, and I know they’re going to need all the help they can get. Their community is currently banding around them to offer love, comfort, and support. Every little bit helps.
To continue yesterday’s grateful sentiments, my friend enjoyed a delicious dinner with us. We got to catch up a bit on goings-on in our lives. Not only did we get an evening with her, but we also got lunch time with her. She picked me up from work, more chatting ensued, we hang out at my place with the fam, and then she dropped me back off at work before heading back on the road. Now, the very wonderful news: she will be returning to us very, very soon. I encouraged her several times to check out the apartments in our complex — and swore up and down I wasn’t being the least bit selfish. Okay, so maybe I am, but could you blame me for wanting one of my besties within walking distance? 😉
A very wonderful friend of ours is coming to visit, and she’ll be stopping by to enjoy dinner with our family this evening. She is by far one of my favorite people, and I’m so pleased we’ll have the opportunity to entertain her once again as she returns to town in the hopes of making plans to return for a bit of time. She remembers a time when Rob was “baby boy,” a mere infant at the time. The last time she came to visit, she marveled at how big he’s gotten — and how insane it is that now we’ve got our younger two. It’s just so amazing how quickly time flies, how fast children grow. I hope her visit here is productive and fruitville because I miss hanging out with her. I’m making it a point to go for some delicious food at Chop Stix when she gets settled back in (yes, I’m putting some optimistic vibes out there right now).
By now I’m sure you all realize that Sundays are “days of mindfulness” according to The Mindfulist website. I keep thinking about the last post that reassured me that “everything is unfolding as it should.” This is probably a very accurate observation about life in general. I keep taking all of Brenda Della Casa’s words of wisdom with great care. I’m also coming to realize that a great wealth of wisdom has been at my finger tips for quite some time. You know her as my “silver lining.” I know her as Lori. Upon reflection, I’m not surprised that she’s full of such talent — she’s been driving the route for nearly two years now. I’ve had plenty of conversations with her, a very unusual occurrence as I usually ride the bus with my headphones on to block out the world and go within myself.
Today, I’m going to keep all these words of wisdom carefully in my mind and remain mindful of my thoughts and actions. I’m going to drink in my surroundings and pay attention to life’s lessons as mindfully as possible.
My doula/ friend came over today to hang out. The last time I saw her, she was still pregnant with her little girl. I got to meet the little baby girl who was still in my doula’s belly when Brian Jr. was born. Too cute! The kids got to play with her older daughter, and I got some quality mom friend time in. She’s one of the best people I’ve ever met, and today I got to give back in a big way. You see, she’d be handing down clothes for Tati after she was born (she was there for when Tati was born, nearly three years ago), and I was able to give her two boxes full of pretty, girly clothes for her daughter to wear. Her face just lit up when she saw how much there was. I’m so happy to have brought joy to such a wonderful person.
I’m grateful for having a decent opportunity to make a little pocket change sent my way (see the PPP sponsored post below). I’ve had a few opportunities that I either didn’t get to in time or didn’t feel particularly interested in. Hey, I’m not going to hock something on here unless I’m confident it’s worth the damage it does to my page rank. Okay, maybe that’s not what’s going on with my page rank, and who cares about my stupid page rank when I’ve clearly got a reader base — a returning reader base, at that! 😉
I’m also grateful for the phone conversation I was afforded last night. Talk about enlightening! We’ll see what happens from here, but I’ve got a good feeling a lot of questions have been answered. Should this not be the end-all of those questions, well, darn it, I’ll just have to research things a little more in order to get some decoding done. Then I’ll learn to let go. It’s not the past that matters — it’s the present. The present is the most important thing. Sure, we need to learn from the past, but once we take those lessons we need to apply them to the here and now. Dwelling on the past serves only to chain us to the past. It’s better to move forward and plan for the future. It’s better to live in the moment, to be mindful of that given moment and all the wonderful things present in that moment. If we miss what’s going on in the here and now, we miss out on possibly making new and happy memories.