Where do I even begin? Thank you to all who remembered my birthday yesterday and showered me with thoughtful emails, special birthday cards and the gifts. Facebook was working overtime for me despite my reluctance to engage in this form of social networking…
But here is the primary reason for today’s post! A dear close friend, the same who gifted me with the deep blue and turquoise silk-rayon piece (pictured above) in September 2012, sent me an email today:
“I wanted to share this section of the book I am reading. It explains why people like us are so lucky … we get to deal with the joy of noticing things! How joyless some people’s lives seem without these things:
“Whenever you see a bright and beautiful color, you are witnessing your own inherent goodness. Whenever you hear a sweet and beautiful sound, you are hearing your own basic goodness. Whenever you taste something sweet or sour, you are experiencing your own basic goodness. If you are in a room and you open the door and walk outside, there is a sudden breeze of fresh air. Such experience may only last a second, but that whiff of fresh air is the smell of basic goodness. … It is worthwhile to take advantage of anything that happens to you that has that particular nature of goodness.”
Pg. 9; “Smile at Fear – Awakening the True Heart of Bravery” by Chogyam Trungpa ”
I completely agree with my friend E. – we are lucky indeed. I experienced it this morning while (in total darkness) I was shoveling snow that fell over night and blanketed the driveway. We had an early morning trip to Regine Airport on the agenda. It took me a few minutes to accept the fact that this my first task of the day, but I soon surrendered and with the rhythmic motion of pushing the shovel, lifting the white fluffy stuff and discarding it along the periphery of the driveway I enjoyed the cold air. The only thing that would have made this event more special if the brightly sparkling stars had been joined by Aurora Borealis veils… maybe next time!
At this time I want to take the opportunity to extend another big thank you! This one is for your loyalty in supporting me during workshops, at Art Quilt Campus and just reading and “liking” or commenting on this blog. I started this site on December 6th, 2011. Five years and three weeks later the interest continues. Your support has sparked new ideas, new blogs and new goals along the way. Stay in touch in 2017!
Wishing you all a fantastic transition at midnight tomorrow! May 2017 be filled with many laughs, deep happiness, good health and countless creative endeavors!
Exactly! With attention and gratitude the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Happy New Year, Anna!
Once again you start my day with mind adventure. Shovelled and walked a long way in it yesterday and will again all month until next year. My Regis for campus is in the mail. The best for you both in 2017. So glad that Colin was finally doctored and improving. Leona
Thanks, Leona! I just found this comment and didn’t realize I had not responded! All the best for 2017 to you and your family! Looking forward to having you back at Art Quilt Campus.
Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like you’ve had wonderful well wishers! That alone says a lot. happy New Year to you and Colin, many more years ahead.
Thanks, Paula! All the best for 2017!
Thanks Paula! All the best for 2017!
Lovely thoughts in your post to remember as we approach the New Year! Wishing you and Colin and Happy and Healthy 2017!
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K, so there was no room in FB to wish you a Happy Birthday, so I had to wait til today…..
Happy Birthday, Anna, relish in the thought that you are one year less one day til the next one! Happy New Years to you and Colin.
Thanks, Paige, but celebrating my birthday hasn’t really happened for the last 10 years!