Monday, May 26, 2014

Spring Time Thoughts

Spring mornings where I wake up naturally sometimes at 5:30 and spring evenings where it's 8:30 and there's still some light in the sky. These are the times when I so badly want to be in a small, simple cabin in the woods or a little house in a small town where I don't hear cars or planes all day when my windows are open and there's a lot more green and old buildings than there is sidewalk, asphalt and brand new homes. 

But I don't live in the country, and I won't buy a country house/land/trailer any time soon. So I purposefully focus on the things I like about this area, my neighborhood and our little house right now. I love waking up early, having tea in our office with the window cracked and looking out at the giant tree out back every few minutes. I love that I know a lot of our neighbors and I can walk barefoot down our crooked sidewalk and sit on their lawn with them, talking about babies and dogs. I love that even though I wanted to move away after College to somewhere new and instead I came back home, this area is a great place to come back to. There are all kinds of people, all kinds of food and the ocean, the mountains and different little towns and bigger cities are just a drive away. 

From A Well Traveled Woman

When you are washing the dishes, washing the dishes must be the most important thing in your life. Just as when you are drinking tea, drinking tea must be the most important thing in your life. Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the whole world revolves—slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

It's almost time for Breaded & Fried Yellow Squash and I'm reading Nightwoods by Charles Frazier again.

never say “she works for me.” always remember that nobody works for you. they work for the job and for themselves and for a million reasons, maaaaybe if you are super awesome you are a tiny reason. but it’s always more accurate to say “we work together.”

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