Hello everyone! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! I've been rather busy with my "day job" lately, a little more than I had anticipated. But, things will be slowing down considerably in February so I guess I'll just need to suck it up and wait, then I'll be able to spend more time doing things I really want to do. Meanwhile, I am reminded how imperative it is to "reclaim the weekend" and spend more time doing simple things that add more quality to the day. This is something that I have been trying to claim in my own life. What brought it to mind was an article in January's issue of the British Edition of Country Living magazine. The cute illustrations by Rose Forshall are what originally caught my attention. As I went on to read the article, I recalled days with less responsibility and more free time to truly enjoy simple things in life. I ask myself, why can't I make a point to do that now? I can. It's all about making time. Sure, we can't throw some ingredients into a magical bowl and literally make time, (don't we wish we could!) but we can try to discipline ourselves to set aside time for things that really matter. Make time to bake your own bread. Make time to spend with friends and loved ones. Make time to just sit still and be.
What is this life if, full of care,
we have no time to stand and stare?
No time to stand beneath the boughs
and stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
and watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
we have no time to stand and stare.
~Leisure, by W.H. Davies
Today, my focus was on sending out some notes to friends, letting them know, "I'm thinking about you."
~stamp set: Cavallini Papers & Co.
~note card: Hobby Lobby