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 Baker.  

Thank you so much for stopping by. 


 ©Cathy Sly 2018 

kindness || week 13

“There is nothing perfect...only life.” 
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

the week was full of blue sky, calm and balance
it is as if i have woken up, from a long winter of hibernating
where i sat with restlessness and confusion,
to find myself emerging restored, soothed and with some understanding

if feels rather good. . .  

all week i focused on and practiced kindness,
kindness towards friends and family
kindness towards strangers and those people i know
but don't really know. . . 
kindness towards myself

“All I'm saying is, kindness don't have no boundaries.” 
― Kathryn Stockett, The Help

i wondered at first if it was neccessary, after all my parents taught me well
i am kind and compassionate, i care about others, i am not rude, i haver good manners
but that deep, free-flowing kindness, the kind without judgement or scrutiny
is often just out of my reach, bubbling to the surface
only after all the muck has cleared. . .  

“You know, some things don't matter that much...Like the color of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person's heart - now, that matters.” 
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

so i will practice
because i want to acquire proficiency
i want it to become a habit, a routine, a pattern
a norm. . .    

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.
~ Pablo Neruda

three things :: 
i have discovered audible
Brandon turns 33 in four days
i am trying out a harness on Basil

“Every day you play with the light of the universe.” 
― Pablo Neruda, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

how was your week?

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