Welcome to Day 19 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be… Or…simply: Be…
Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin”
and in our homes and beyond. If you missed The Introduction or you’d like
to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.
What is it that makes your heart sing?
I love going for a walk in the woods, especially in the fall, camera in hand.
There is so much beauty to be seen. And captured through the camera’s lens.
It isn’t the walk that makes my heart sing. It’s the stopping.
Maybe it’s because I have the camera ready, or maybe because I’ve been training my eye over time, but I like to notice all the intricacies of nature.
I’ve always loved honey locust trees for the fragrance, but this week I noticed their thorns for the first time. Lethal three inch spines. Have you ever noticed the varieties of colors and textures and patterns in the bark covering the trees?
And then there is the light. There is no doubt that I am a capturer of light. My heart leaps seeing the sky reflecting deep cerulean on the pond. The leaves of the summac glowing like embers. And seeing the stunning colors of gold and orange and red all tossed together under the spotlight of the setting sun and dripping on the water so that they seemed as one.
I could go on and on, sharing what delights my eye. Objects large. Small. I can barely take it all in.
As my feet continue the wander, I become keenly aware of my Creator and the wonder of His amazing creation, and my place is found.
When we come to the end of the walk I feel energized. My spirit is lifted. I see the world differently. My heart is grateful. People seem more kind and considerate. And I am a more joyful person to encounter.
It’s as if the “me” has been found. And put in place.
As we seek to live more fully…to be extraordinary…we need to do these things that make our hearts sing. We need to allow the spring of our joy to feed the reservoir of life.
It’s pretty obvious that I’m a visual person. For you it might be music or spending time with people or….. What makes your heart sing?
Day 19 Challenge: Whatever it is that makes your heart sing. Do it. Don’t dismiss it as unimportant or selfish. Without that activity you will not be extraordinary. Make a plan. Write it on the calendar. Make arrangements to spend time in your “spring.” In the comments below, share what makes your heart sing.
Fill your spirit and your spring….
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Catch up on all that’s Extraordinary…
this week at An Extraordinary Day:
Here’s a rundown of this week’s posts…
- Day 12 ~ Be Extraordinary Quote :: The Week at a Glance 10/12
- Day 13 ~ Be Joyful at Sunrise and Sunset :: Free Printable :: Joy Day!
- Day 14 ~ Be Hospitable…A Cup of Water :: Yummy Stuffed Peppers
- Day 15 ~ Be Grateful :: The Antidote to Comparison
- Day 16 ~ Be….Encouraging :: Don’t Talk So Much!
- Day 17 ~ Is Your Creative Expression Stifled? :: Warming the Mantel with a Sweater
- Day 18 ~ Be Strong :: Eat Well to Live Well
It was another Extraordinary Week on the blog! Time for a bit of honesty. Writing 19 days in a row is hard. It’s a great discipline and I’m glad I’m doing this. But, since I’m not very speedy in the putting together posts department, I’m finding this to be quite challenging. Even more so than last year.
All that being said…I am pretty excited about this week’s posts. I made the scripture quote into a printable for Joy Day! The clouds in that photo at sunset were so amazing. And always, it so good to share our grateful hearts in community. The topic of hospitality has taken on a whole other perspective and this post is all about that. On Day 15 we talked about that ugly beast “comparison.” And then on the 16th I encourage you and I to not talk so much. Then I shared my mantel and talked about creativity. The week wrapped up with my thoughts on making our bodies healthy.
I’m still collecting ideas on how to be encouraging. I’d be thrilled if you’d pop over here to add yours: 51 More Ways to Be Encouraging. We have about 20 More Ways…on our way to 52! Would you pop over to the post and leave a few of your suggestions?
Humbled and blessed. What a lovely blessing to have been featured at these lovely link parties:
Please be sure to pop over to these extraordinary spots!!
I can’t tell you how blessed we are. Yet…there are a few important things missing in our lives. Yesterday was really difficult. My heart yearns…. Some days waiting in this time of “inbetween” is excruciating. And yet…we are so very blessed. There might be something on the horizon. It’s way too early to know. Keep praying. Please.
Wishing you an Extraordinary weekend!
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Sharing with these Extraordinary spots:
Flamingo Toes + DIY Showoff +Silver Pennies + One More Time Events + Three Mango Seeds + I Should Be Mopping the Floor + Dwellings + A Pinch of Joy + Frugal Foodie Mama + Sew Can Do + Boogieboard Cottage + Monday Funday – C.R.A.F.T. + by Stephanie Lynn + Between Naps on the Porch + The Dedicated House + Maison de Pax + The Weekly Top Shot – Rurality