knee deep in weeds

notes on a simple life

smart dog || week 24

“When we keep choosing between right and wrong. We spend our energy sorting life rather than living it.” 
― Mark Nepo

the week is full of puppies and baby birds, summer fruit and awareness. 
i settle into a simple routine, let go of perfection and move into each moment
with trust and an open heart. grasping that i cannot see tomorrow,
and that yesterday is gone; it dawns on me just how sad it would be to skip today. 

“To move from controlling to trusting life is like exhausting ourselves by trying to put our arms around a river until we realize we have to enter the river and let the current take us.” 
― Mark Nepo, The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be

friends come over for a playdate with their new pup, he is well behaved,
trusting, and loved. i am reminded how kindness and boundaries
allow him to feel secure and give him the courage to
explore and grow. i remind myself to practice kindness and boundaries
with others, surprising myself how good it feels. 

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” 
― Charles M. Schulz

three things ::
birds flock to the feeders, and a baby falls from her nest
(mamma coaxes her to a protected spot in one of my flower beds, and i have not seen her again)
i pick the first pint of raspberries from the garden
i finish this, and already miss the characters

the rain plays havoc with the flowers, pedals drops, stems break
rose buds melt on their stems. but i find beauty everywhere i look
and feel grateful i don't have to water. . .  

Everything in life opens and closes, sheds and renews. We are no different. Listening in its endless forms is the way we stay open, the way we stay in relationship, the way we refresh who we are and what we're doing here.

~ Mark Nepo



The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment. 
~ Robert Falcon Scott


smart dog! 

danty bess rose 

“But today you are precious and rare and awake. It ushers us into grateful living. It makes hesitation useless. Grateful and awake, ask what you need to know now. Say what you feel now. Love what you love now.”
― Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have

how was your week?