Enjoy Fall. Winter is just around the corner!
I love strolling along the canals in Venice, CA and looking at the homes and some of the landscaping. There is usually not a lot of outdoor space, but here is a nice little patio where someone can sit outside and enjoy the mild weather. I bet those lanterns are pretty when they are lit at night.
I hope your weekend is pleasant and relaxing no matter where you spend it!
Yesterday Magpie and I spent the afternoon at a chili cook off in the Estrella foothills. It was a quintessential Arizona winter day. It started off cool, gray and cloudy. We even dared to think it might rain (silly girls)! Not long after we arrived the clouds gave way to the brilliant blue Arizona sky, and by the time we left about 3 1/2 hours later you could barely hear the Bluegrass band over the wind blowing through their mics.
On a day like that, there were no losers – but there was definitely one BIG winner…
“The cause of being shaken seems to be outside, but it is always inside you, and its solution is inside you as well.”
I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions this year, but I did make a promise to myself to try to look inward rather than outward in the coming months. My birthday falls within two weeks of the New Year, and it seemed like an especially good time to look back and make sure I was learning the correct lessons life has sought to teach me.
My forties were spent trying to deal with some of the biggest changes in my life since I had gotten married – mostly spent fighting those changes now that I look back on it. There is something about your fifties that makes it seem important, if not downright urgent, to understand these things. And so I have spent the first two weeks of this year reading some books on Taoism, Buddhism and trying to channel my inner Zen.
The above quotation, which came to me through a wonderful little iPhone app called “Tao Way of Life“, has become my mantra. Or I guess, to put it another way as I read somewhere the other day, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”.
You know how there are some people who just let things roll off their backs and go with the flow? Well, I’ve never been one of them, and I may never be.
But I’m trying.
I am always at the beginning.
~ The aged Buddha, on being asked what life was like.
And guess what? I got it! It wasn’t a lot of white, and it didn’t last past noon, but I woke up to a beautiful snowfall which makes twice this year that happened which is twice as many times as it happened in the past decade. I hope you have a safe and Happy New Year. See you in 2012!
Okay, this is not the street where you or I live. It is, however, the street where my cousin lives. The Fall weather has been beautiful though on this day it was a bit threatening. Most days have been sunny and in the low 70s. Today is calling for rain and a high of 54. Sounds like a perfect popcorn and movie day! Anyone have any recommendations?