Got home from vacation late last night or early this morning, if one has to be exact about the time. My military pals call it “0 dark 30″…an indefinite time at which no self respecting human being should be awake, but when the trumpet sounds, those who serve leap to the ready. My only ready at that time was for my very welcome bed!

Now I am lazing about, having laid waste a pot of home brewed coffee and a bowl of Chobani Greek yogurt with peanut butter, strawberries, cocoa, and muscle tech powder. I may get to the laundry today, or I may just sort the mail and go out to eat with friends.

Let’s not get back into real life too quickly. On vacations we take the time to watch the sky, to notice the play of light and shadows across the ground. We take photos of this beauty, but we don’t take photos of the equally beautiful sunsets of our everyday lives. These days remain unmarked for their uniqueness, for our eyes are fixed on our to do lists, our computers, our work surfaces, or whatever is our daily grind.

Take the time to look up. Pause and breathe for a moment. Give thanks for the day. There will not be another one like it. This was a gift: we call it the present. These moments are beautiful and transitory, as are our breaths.

Pause. Breathe. Give. Thanks. Be.


About artandicon

Artist, head cook at Cornie's Kitchen, explorer of both the inner and outer worlds, and tree hugger. My paintings are at ARTANDICON: art at the crossroads of life & faith. Every rock, tree, stream & cloud shouts out with the joy of God! I also write a sci-fi spiritual journey blog about Miriam, a time traveling priestess from the planet Didumos, who visits earth when she has an epileptic seizure, and shares my life. Obviously, my own mind was time traveling when I set up my journey blog!
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