Oct. 30th, 2005 04:49 pm
From my walk Friday...
Autumn colors...trees, of course! )

Some photos Hilary took today for my Grandma...
Hailie 'n' Me )
In my 'while I was walking' post, this was supposed to be number one:

  • I shussshled (to borrow a perfect word from [ profile] allthings_well) through some leaves on the side of the road. You know, if someone were to make a candle or some kind of scented thing with that mellow, distinctively autumn smell, I would buy it!


Oct. 28th, 2005 09:10 pm
First, a quote from (who else!) George MacDonald:
"All that is not rooted in him, all hope or joy that does not turn its face upward, is an idolatry. Our prayers must rise that our thoughts may follow them."

Since I had today off, and no particular plans, I took a walk...4.5 miles...nice.

While walking I...

  • saw some pretty ducks

  • was barked at by five dogs (two of whom were so fierce they didn't even bother to get up)

  • thought about how much I love trees

  • thought about communication and how silly I was to be frustrated at our ISP being down for a day (thankfully it wasn't a whole day though)

  • saw the sun reflected in the irrigation ditch and mused on the Son's reflection even in dirty water

  • was glad when the sun went behind some clouds because it was making me sneeze

  • thought about how nice it was to live in a small community where when you walk by folks working in their yards wave and say 'hi' and you don't have to be nervous about the people that stop and ask if you need a lift

  • saw some tow-headed tots who were delighted to holler out a greeting and wave vigorously

  • thought about how when I walk it seems as if time stops and I could just keep walking forever

  • decided that the folks least likely to move over to the middle of the road for pedestrians are young men and old ladies

  • realized with delight that a waterfall sounds just as beautiful even if it's just a small, utilitarian dam in a irrigation ditch

  • worked very hard at getting "Waltzing Matilda" out of my head

Share your burdens and joys!

[Poll #600689]
My mind goes everywhere when I'm on a walk. It flits from serious to weird, introspective to silly...and everywhere in between and outside. I decided that if I ever write a book it will be written from walks.

Anyway today while walking (among many other things) I was thinking about happiness, and I came up with a theory.

Do you suppose the happiness God gives us is like the parable of the talents? He gives us a little bit of happiness to start with, and if we work it right, we'll soon have quite a storehouse of'll be multiplying left and right. Or we can shove it away in a corner and pretend it's not there. As I was thinking about this, liking it more and more I suddenly thought of the end of that parable. "To him who has, more shall be given, and to him who has not, even what he has will be taken away." And if you think about it, that's how it is, isn't it? We've all got something to be glad about, some of us more than others, I'll grant you, but there's always something. And if we grumble and complain, well...even that will no longer bring happiness.

Ok, so that might be carrying things a bit far, but I thought it fascinating to muse over. It was brought about by realizing that my happiness today wasn't about any big thing that was new or different, but taking delight in all the little things that happen with great frequency. Just the everyday things in life.



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