knee deep in weeds

notes on living a life

beauty || week 16

When we approach with reverence, great things decide to approach us. Our real life comes to the surface and its light awakens the concealed beauty in things. When we walk on the earth with reverence, beauty will decide to trust us. The rushed heart and arrogant mind lack the gentleness and patience to enter that embrace.” 
― John O'Donohue, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace

the week is full of too much thinking, 
two days of waiting in the jury pool, anticipating my number to be called. 
i read, i visit some with my neighbors, i listen to a podcast, 
i think. . . 

i think about beauty and how my world is so very small,
so very familiar, and yet . . . 
every single day, i can find something new to witness
for the very first time. . .  

“Many of us have made our world so familiar that we do not see it anymore. An interesting question to ask yourself at night is, What did I really see this day?” 
― John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

i am so very thankful for that . . .  

“We were sent into the world alive with beauty. As soon as we choose Beauty, unseen forces conspire to guide and encourage us towards unexpected forms of compassion, healing and creativity.” 
― John O'Donohue

three things::
i have decided that large print books are better than reading glasses
Justin got a huge promotion
i have never had to water the garden in april, until this week 

i understand that in order to see and feel beauty i must surround myself with it,
when possible . . . 
beautiful books, poetry, films, music and nature, awaken what is inside of me
that is why binge watching Orange is the New Black does me in,
while Call the Midwife fills me with goodness and brings me peace. 

i need to learn something from that,

week 17/52 

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” 
― Roger A. Caras
Beauty isn't all about just nice, loveliness like. Beauty is about more rounded substantial becoming. So I think beauty in that sense is about an emerging fullness, a greater sense of grace and elegance, a deeper sense of depth, and also a kind of homecoming for the enriched memory of your unfolding life.
~ John O'Donohue

how was your week?