Taking a Pause
|yarn that I bought while in Canada|
Sometimes I want to pause time, take a breath and remember everything I'm seeing and thinking. This week is a pause week. The weather has been brilliant. Cool air, blue skies or cloudy skies, intermittent and glorious. Lots of time to look out the windows and enjoy the riot of autumn colors.
I'm thrilled to be home and reunited with my bed, my kitchen and most of all my tender daily rituals that bring me joy. Making coffee and drinking from my favorite mug early in the morning feels fuller and richer at my kitchen table. Whenever I travel, I try to set that precious morning ritual stage but the location is different - hence the feeling that something is missing.
Whenever we return home, Holly the cat who is antisocial, is all about getting some snuggling time with my husband and risking the scary walk by Frodo under the ottoman. Frodo is exhausted from his kennel stay so he just sleeps and lets Holly sidle by.
I miss my animals when I'm away.
I thoroughly enjoy visiting and being with family especially all the talking and laughing and being together.
I thoroughly enjoy the quiet silence of home. I sit and enjoy the pause.
Whenever I travel, I leave the big camera behind and rely on the Iphone that does a decent job of capturing the moments with family. Once home and I'm reunited with my Nikon, I'm out and about shooting my nature scenes and seeing details that are lost with the cellphone camera.
All week, I've been doing what I usually do: going to the gym, babysitting, running errands etc. I wish I could be mindful all the time and notice my happiness while doing these details daily. Eventually, daily life will take center stage, a minor crisis will be my focus, I'll get angry or frustrated and I'll forget my contentment.
I like this week, that for now, I'm content, I'm noticing, I'm happy and keeping the mundane holy.
|peek! I see you Holly! (this is her personality)|