Today the skies opened up, and rain poured out of the sky, washing away the grit of the city. At times the lightening cracked, and the sky lit up. I love days like this. I didn’t have to work today, so it really was a lazy day. I opened my blinds and watched the grey skies, the rain beating on the window, putting me in a reflective mood.
First the journal came out, and I took the time to put my thoughts on paper without having to rush to get done. I wrote all my thoughts and aspirations, along with some key events that’s in the limelight of my life right now. A poem popped up while I was writing, and all I had to do was let the pen fly across the paper, the poem felt like it wrote itself. Love when that happens.
After I finished writing, I took out my art journal and completed several pages. I experimented with colors and shapes, trying real hard to incorporate reds, oranges and yellows into my work. It just seemed like the ideas came freely, like the creativity pump was flowing strong. Before I knew it 2 o’clock was here and I had to prepare to pick up my child, so I had to stop the flow of my work.
Spent the rest of the evening bonding with my son, discussing a story he is writing along with his newest blog post. He has so many of my traits, and I love watching the creativity flow through him also.
Now the house is quiet, and my day is about done. I got so much accomplished today, without the stress or frantic pace. I love days like this.
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Yesterday was a beautiful day for walking. The weather was not to hot, not to cold, just a beautiful sunny spring day. New York weather has been so unpredictable, so having a good day felt great.
I decided to go downtown Brooklyn to the promenade to walk and take in the beautiful sites. The promenade has a beautiful view of Manhattan, and the water is calming and peaceful. Walking at a quick pace and taking in the sites is such a nice way to clear my mind, and be at peace. I had my walking music playing in the background, putting me in a trance like state, as I walked to the beat. I walked around the promenade enjoying the atmosphere, seeing people walking different breeds of dogs. I met a 77-year-old man who told me he walked the area 7 days a week, around the promenade completely from end to end 7 times. He had a nice pace too, and didn’t look to be 77 at all.
After I completed my 3 complete rounds, I decided I wanted to continue walking and explore the downtown area. I walked down Montague, Court, State and Smith streets among many others. Found a couple of cool stores, places to eat that I want to try, etc. Walking and listening to music put me in a zone and before I knew it I ended up at the Barclays Center on Atlantic Avenue, home of the Brooklyn Nets. By this time I had walked almost nine miles and was in need of a break. I went home feeling exhausted in a good way, knowing that I cleared my mind, worked my body and enjoyed the day.
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I am a firm believer of appreciating all things in life, big or small, happy or sad. Everything happens for a reason and I try to see the lesson in it all. Sometimes we get so caught up in the big picture, of the big change, that we forget to stop, look at and appreciate the little joys of life.Like watching the sunset, the way the clouds partially covers the moon, the shape and smell of a flower. Little perfect creations of God that we tend to overlook, because they are small but can bring lasting joy.
The same goes with people, every interaction doesn’t have to major, sometimes its the little acts of kindness, be it a word or gesture that can change a person’s mood or reaction.The other day at work, I was feeling a bit down, and unhappy for no particular reason at all. Then I bumped into a good friend who started a conversation, which turned into laughs which took the frown from my face. To be totally honest I don’t remember what the conversation was about or what was so funny, I just remember the feeling of happiness and joy and the smile brought to my face because of being around that other person.
So today, while most are making huge resolutions for the New Year why not take the time to make a conscious decision to start appreciating the little joys of life. Smile more, pay attention to nature, look up in the clouds for inspiration and peace. Appreciate all the wonders around you.