"So prayer is our sometimes real selves trying to communicate with the Real, with Truth, with the Light. It is us reaching out to be heard, hoping to be found by a light and warmth in the world, instead of darkness and cold. Even mushrooms respond to light - I suppose they blink their mushroomy eyes, like the rest of us." ~Anne Lamott~ (Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers)
Monday, September 24, 2012
"Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it’s important
to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every
level. We need to literally 'count our blessings,' give thanks for them,
allow ourselves to enjoy them, and relish the experience of prosperity
we already have.”
Do you see the "infinity" pool that reaches out to the edges of my mountain top? Do you see the beautiful reflections of the grape arbor and the blue sky of the early morning?
Alas, it is not the pool of my dreams. In reality, it is a birdbath in my back yard.
This morning I filled it with water and saw myself swimming to its edge, resting my head on the warm, sunsoaked concrete "sand" of this container. A miniature me, swimming in the luxury of this round deep pool with a stunning view.
I breathe in the fragrance of the lavender, spreading into its own reflection, in this pool of my imagination.
Avoiding the one visionary rose that survived the summer heat and never needed watering.
My swimming is over. I feel the heat of the day starting to seep into my pajama clad body. No bathing suit? No, it was only a moment of creative visualization. But... a fine one.
I will leave the infinity pool of my dreams to the sweet, yellow finches...