knee deep in weeds

notes on living a life

cherry-picking || week 17

“‎Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen Hard. Practice wellness. PLay with abondon. Laugh. Choose with no regrets. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is”
― Mary Anne Radmacher

the week is full of practice.
practice in holding off that dark mood that sometimes
envelopes me and disrupts my life.
i pay close attention to my feelings,
both physical and emotional
and while the pain is there at times, 
it is minimal and there is light at the end . . . 

"They flank me - depression on my left, loneliness on my right. They don't need to show their badges. I know these guys very well. ... Then they frisk me. They empty my pockets of any joy I had been carrying there. Depression even confiscates my identity; but he always does that." 
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

i stop the comparing,
i practice trust,
i set intentions,
i talk to the dog,
i pray.

"Prayer is a relationship; half the job is mine. If I want transformation, but can't even be bothered to articulate what, exactly, I'm aiming for, how will it ever occur? Half the benefit of prayer is in the asking itself, in the offering of a clearly posed and well-considered intention. If you don't have this, all your pleas and desires are boneless, floppy, inert; they swirl at your feet in a cold fog and never lift." 
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

i think about what i need, letting go of the expectations of others.
i practice kindness and listening (mostly to myself, but others too). 
i practice patients and stillness.
i  make soup, dig in the dirt, walk the dog, read and pray.
and soon, the weight lifts and i find calm and beauty, peace and light.


"You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control." 
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

three things ::
the perfect lunch is an avocado with lime and salt
the peas are up in the garden, but not the potatoes
listen to this podcast

"But if you can plant yourself in stillness long enough, you will, in time, experience the truth that everything (both uncomfortable and lovely) does eventually pass." 
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love


yes, that face, i know that is what you are thinking. . .  

"A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not. As I wrote that farewell column to Marley, I realized it was all right there in front of us, if only we opened our eyes. Sometimes it took a dog with bad breath, worse manners, and pure intentions to help us see." 
— John Grogan
"I think you have every right to cherry-pick when it comes to moving your spirit and finding peace in God. You take whatever works from wherever you can find it, and you keep moving toward the light." 
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

how was your week?