This past weekend I (finally) got on my bike for the first time this season. I really wanted to get to the Arboretum to see the azaleas before they all went their merry way back into the earth, so I made sure that part of my ride included a trek to the Arboretum.
I was certainly not alone in my idea, I’m pretty sure practically everyone in the DC area was walking in the Arboretum on a spectacular spring day this past weekend.
I enjoyed my time there and the bright and beautiful azaleas, but as I was riding out of the Arboretum, I noticed this adorable patch of wild daisies, spreading their happy blossoms in a small patch of land. As I rode by them, they just put a smile on my face, their white and yellow blossoms stretching up toward the sun.
Noticing, paying attention, and delighting in the normal…I wonder how it might feel in our lives if we really allowed ourselves to notice and delight in the normal, in the every day. I wonder how it might feel if we took stock of the small things in life that are there for the taking if we stop, slow down a bit and pay a little more attention to the beauty in the world around us.
I hope you have a delightful week, my friends.
This past weekend my younger son and I took a little college visit road trip, as he’ll be a senior in high school this coming year, and colleges are on his horizon.
As we meandered around one of the campuses we were visiting, we stumbled upon a delightful redbud that was in full bloom, with blossom nodules covering the tree from top to bottom. It was amazing, this tree, with blossoms and bumble bees all around it. We stopped, took some pictures and simply enjoyed that beautiful and, let’s be honest, really weird looking tree.
If you walk around noticing the redbuds right now, you might notice these little blossom nodules growing on the trunk and branches of many trees. Turns out they’re completely normal, a good indication that the tree is on the older side, but other than that totally normal.
They don’t seem normal to me though, they feel completely Seussian, something straight out of one of Dr. Seuss’ books. This tree, in particular, felt completely over the top, absolutely delightfully strange.
My dear friends, I hope this week we can find delight in something completely normal, in the regular, in the every-day. I hope this week we can be a little more delighted.
Have an amazing week, my friends.
That intoxicating bright and new green of spring…oh my goodness, it is just fantastic.
I was driving home a few days ago, as I was driving I was noticing the bright green of spring erupting all around me…it is impossible not to notice the colors, the sounds right now...the flowers, the blossoms, the leaves, the birds…everything is bursting back to life at once, you can practically see the change happening all around us in this area right now…stare at a tree for long enough and you’ll see the leaves get bigger and brighter while looking at it.
I was thinking about that change as I drove home. Right now, at this moment in our world around us, the change is impossible to miss. It’s in our faces, it’s there, there’s no getting away from it.
But, my friends, in the middle of the summer, when the leaves on the trees are darker and heavier, change is still occurring, it’s still happening…it’s just more subtle, harder to notice, slower…but it’s still happening.
Sometimes when we have areas we need to change in our lives it's easy to get excited in the beginning when we can tangibly see the change happening, when it’s impossible not to notice, when it’s easy to see…but if you’re anything like me, we can get discouraged when we are in the middle of needed change and it feels like it’s ground to a halt. It hasn’t, change is still happening, just at a slower pace, in a more subtle way.
My dear friends, whether you are in the beginning of change, or if you feel like change has ground to a halt, I hope you can see and feel the good work you are doing, and you can be encouraged that change is happening even if you don’t feel it.
Have an amazing week, my friends.
There’s this tiny, little waterfall in Rock Creek that I pass every so often when I’m driving to a class. Throughout winter and this time of year, while the leaves are not quite out in their full splendor yet, I can see that little waterfall clearly from the road as I drive by…but in a few short weeks that waterfall will be hidden under the bounty of leaves.
That little waterfall, that little spot elicits just a ridiculous amount of joy in me when I pass by it. It’s this little pocket of joy while the trees are bare and the leaves are on the ground…in a few short weeks that waterfall will still be there, we’ll still be able to find it, we’ll just have to do a little more searching as it won’t be quite as clear.
Sometimes spontaneous joy is in our lives just there for the taking, right? Sometimes we don’t have to go looking or seek it out in order to find and feel that joy…it just shows up without any effort on our part.
But sometimes we have to seek that joy out, we have to look for it. Sometimes we have to go searching for that joy, for a little more lightness in our lives. Sometimes that joy might be there, but it might be hidden for a season and we have to search it out to find it.
I don’t think either of those options are right or wrong…I don’t think either of those ways to reach joy and happiness are more or less valid, they’re just different.
My friends, I hope you can find a little more lightness and joy in your week…whether it’s spontaneous and easy, or whether you have to seek it out and put some effort in to find it.
I hope you have a joyful week, my friends.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!