I believe that everything starts by paying attention. Life is imperfect and any magical light we can bring into our day is worthy of our gratitude. Laughter and love, joy and celebrations slip into our lives with ease but learning to cope with the deep pain life brings to us is also necessary. I do this best with my camera, chasing down light, zooming in and out and pairing it all with truth. 

I live in Western Washington with my husband of 40+ years, in the home where we raised our three sons. We share that home now with our sweet beagle named Basil. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. 

 

 ©Cathy Sly 2017 

GETTING OFF THE FREEWAY

"I think joy and sweetness and affection are a spiritual path. We're here to know God, to love and serve God, and to be blown away by the beauty and miracle of nature. You just have to get rid of so much baggage to be light enough to dance, to sing, to play. You don't have time to carry grudges; you don't have time to cling to the need to be right."

~ Anne Lamott 
 

I move among the world, oblivious to much of what is going on in the wider world around me. I rely on him and bits and pieces from the internet to keep me up to date on the latest and greatest news. And, I feel guilty at times about not being more informed, more passionate about certain issues, more supportive, more aware. But not guilty enough to want to change my ways. 

Instead, I move among my world and seek out paths which nourish my soul; journeys and encounters which make me feel alive but at the same time bring calm and peace. I use to worry that I had lost my passion, lost that young girl who colored outside the box, who spoke her mind so freely.  But I have come to understand that I have not lost anything, but rather gained faith. 

"Your problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been issued. Whether you're going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are."  ~ Anne Lamott
 

Feeding My Soul 101
1. get outside at least once everyday, even if it is rainy and cold
2. listen, really listen to what people say and listen to nature 
3. eat and prepare real food 
4. do something physical every day, exercise, work in the garden, walk 
5. embrace the fact and feel blessed that I have time to be mindful of the process, so enjoy it 
6. write every day, something, even if it is just a list
7. know that it is okay to cry and understand that there will be some dark days 
8. send real mail, turn off the TV, read more, listen to music, create, say I love you
9. embrace young people, encourage them and listen, but let them find their own way 
10. say yes, even if I wonder how the hell I am going to pull it off 
11. pray and have faith, and. . .  

12.  be grateful, show gratitude, accept gratitude, be grateful 

These photos were taken at Luther Burbank Park yesterday. Taking a leap of faith, I pulled off the freeway for a brief moment while coming home from Seattle, even though I was in hurry. I walked just a short distance into the park and found wonderful light and beauty. I talked briefly to a woman about the building, which use to be a school for delinquent youths, opening in 1904. I watched a young mother and her toddler play in the grass; he was leaning to walk and she was encouraging him and he would giggle every time he tumbled. I walked with my camera and after just a short time I slipped into the car a bit more calm and peaceful; so glad I had stopped. 

do tell, what feeds your soul??
thanks for stopping by today, 
xooox 

 

TIME OUT

NO TRESPASSING