Once a month I chronicle everyday delights that liven up my world. Here are a few of my April everyday loves:
1. This Picture of Spring In The Desert: On my morning runs I always pass this tree, yellow snow at its feet. These Paloverde trees are everywhere in the desert, spilling their yellow goodness on the gray pavement. It is the perfect hallmark of welcoming spring in the desert.
2. This Frame: “Life Is A Balance Between Holding On and Letting Go.” It is a mantra that I repeat everyday. This frame sits on my bookshelf. Every time I turn around, I see the words that I need to inhale like oxygen. I love this, not only because of what it says, but because it was a gift from a dear friend, who helps me navigate this terrain of holding on and letting go.
3. My Daughter’s Drama Performance: Last week my daughter performed in drama entitled, “Swamped.” She played the part of a turtle. Part of the play involved singing. I watched as she moved across the stage, belting out songs and dancing to the beat. When I locked eyes with her, tears started forming in my eyes. She seemed so grown up on stage.
4. This Book On Creativity: War of Art by Steven Pressfield: It is difficult to pursue art. There are days that I write and I question every single word that I put on the page. As a writer, I often look for guidance to break through blocks in creativity. I’ve turned to War of Art for inspiration. This particular passage resonated with me, “Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” I recommend Pressfield’s book not only for artists, but for those who are working toward a goal and feel resistance.
What were your everyday delights this month?