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On the bus on the way to work today, the following thought flashed through my mind: See as much love today as you possibly can.
Today, this is what I saw:
My mother-in-law arriving with a little 2010 diary she had filled with stickers and pictures cut out from wrapping paper of all my little ‘un’s favourite things.
My little ‘un’s tentative walking. So sweet!
The bus pulling in the second I reached the bus stop. Sunshine making the city glow in the distance.
The heavenly sounds of Lisa Mitchell on my iPod.
The above view from my window at work.
Excitement to see my parents on Monday after six weeks overseas.
My darling sister volunteering to make a lasagne to take when we visit Mum and Dad on Monday, a tremendous relief because even though I have made lasagne twice in my life and the recipe was very simple, it stressed me out no end. I will make spanakopita instead.
Delightful and beautifully chosen belated birthday gifts from the aforementioned darling sister: an owl brooch and fountain pen with violet ink refills.
Lunch and a genuine and heartfelt chat with a lovely colleague.
Buying Keri Smith’s How To Be An Explorer of the World book as a “just because” present for my mother-in-law, knowing she will be delighted and intrigued.
Buying a chocolate chip and banana muffin for the softly-spoken and highly articulate homeless man who frequents the campus where I work.
Really energised and productive meetings, and an important/useful/challenging paper to write.
Having a spruiker sing at me in a mock-opera voice “Would you like to know more about the rainforests?” and me singing back in a mock-opera voice “Thank you but noooooo!”. He cracked up, thanked me, and said I’d made his day.
Looking forward to a cosy night in with my sweet snuggly husband.
The very clever Chris Guillebeau writing this, which appeared in my in-box first thing:
When saying goodbye to a person or place, some think it’s best to leave things unsaid, or walk away without reflection. I’ve learned that this is usually a mistake, at least for me.
I say: hold on to the moment as long as you can. Fight for it if you have to. Get up early and stay up late. Be brave. Choose the raw emotion, even the awkwardness if necessary. If we must go on to something else, let’s at least think about what was and what could have been.
The more intense the feeling, the better. If synchronicity and the feeling of being part of something meaningful comes with sadness, loneliness, or disappointment, so be it. I just know that I don’t want the alternative – mediocrity, routine, the safe and the comfortable.
Composing haiku while waiting for the bus home from work.
A free bus ride home: the driver-in-charge wouldn't let us validate our tickets, partly due to its delay, partly due to the trainee driver. The smile on the trainee's face as I thanked her as I alighted.
Discovering that my husband has gone ahead and booked the flights for our holiday to New York City later this year.
Watching my little 'un's [surprisingly effective] efforts to feed herself with a "poon".
Remembering that love is my word for the year.
Grateful that it found me.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
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* The incredible house, featured in Grand Designs Revisited. I watched it a week ago and I am still thinking about it!
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