In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are just as lovely. ~ Abram L. Urban*
As my birthday approaches, I have spent more time in reflection. I told Alfred over the weekend that basically half of my life is over already. What will the second half hold? I most certainly don't want to waste any more time being a people-pleaser. I have my own life to live.
I want to live fully and deeply, while being true to myself. I think the main thing is to take each day as it comes, fully embracing what is, being mindful and present in this moment. It's about learning to love myself just as I am and casting off the mask of perfection. Real life is far more interesting anyway.
There is more to me than meets the eye. I know there is much to be unearthed - more facets of my personality just waiting to be discovered - like precious gems in a diamond mind.
There will always be work to do, but I see no reason why I can't make it as pleasant as possible. When the work is done, I believe in filling the time with things that bring me joy: working on a cross-stitch project while listening to & singing along with a favorite CD, savoring the taste and texture of a chocolate brownie with a glass of milk, noticing the way the sun's beams of light stream in through the kitchen window and across the kitchen floor...the simple things that go unnoticed and are taken for granted because we are too busy, tired, bored, preoccupied, or _____ (fill in the blank) to appreciate them.
I don't want to live unconsciously any longer.