I took last Monday off from writing a blog post. I was tired, depressed, anxious, and dealing with too many whirling thoughts in my head. I can't say I feel much better this Monday, so rather than writing about mindfulness, I thought I'd just be mindful. Instead of trying hard to be insightful and write about ideas and techniques for becoming more mindful -- techniques I want to learn and share -- I'll simply look at what I see right now.
I see flowers on the dining room table and sideboard. Today our family celebrates Father's Day and my younger daughter's high school graduation. My husband made a couple of bouquets from flowers gathered in our garden. One vase holds fragrant, dark pink roses. Another overflows with white flowering dogwood in full bloom, with a few stems of euphorbia peeking out here and there. I appreciate and admire his talent for growing and arranging flowers. It's made our life more beautiful for over twenty years.
I see a graduation cap on the dining room table, too, with two tassels and the logo of the university my daughter will attend in the fall. Though I'm tempted to reminisce about her past 18 years -- and I've done so many times in recent weeks -- in this moment I enjoy the resplendent colors splashed across the white capstone to a large part of her childhood.
I could feel sad that the flowers will begin to wilt as early as tomorrow. I could start missing my daughter already, anticipating the leave-taking in August. Everything's fine, though. When I stop thinking, everything's fine!
for Mindful Monday
© June 16, 2014, post: Donna Pierce
Photo credit: Donna Pierce
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