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Here and Aware

Never dreamed I’d be here, but I’m glad I am! Saw an interesting quote on the web a while back by James Thurber, the American writer best known for Walter Mitty.  He wrote: “Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.”  What are you aware of today?  What made you aware?

For me, it is the little things–sunshine, smooth traffic, good coffee–

Coffee mug

Mmmmmmm....!

in this regard I am pretty easy to please.  The ordinary every day passage of life is pretty fascinating when you stop to think about it.

I try not to carry the baggage from the past–it just weighs me down and holds me back.  That is hard to do because life can be hard too.  I also remember waking up one morning about 3-4 years ago thinking–I am done being afraid of the “them” that the TV wants us to be afraid of.  It was a very liberating feeling!  Yes, everyone gets afraid at times.  When there is a health scare.  There’s too much month left at the end of the money.  Your kids are out later than they should be. etc etc etc……. But if we give that full reign then we make our own world very small indeed.

So I am lifting my mug of hot creamy coffee to say–Hey there–I’m looking for a bigger world, one that keeps me curious and excited to haul it out of bed in the morning.  Part of the purpose of this blog will be me trying to stay aware.  I invite you to share your awareness and I will share mine.  Have a lovely summer day!

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