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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 

contentment

contentment

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” 
― Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib

The week is full of goodness, calm and peace. If I had to sum it up in one word, I would say contentment.  He says it is the weather, or maybe the anticipation of little Baker joining us in a couple of weeks. But to me it feel like a combination of gratification, serenity, and ease. 

Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.
— Pearl S. Buck

It is the first small harvests from the garden, little "Chip", the chipmunk who visits our yard several times a day, my workout buddies at the gym and a good book. It is music on Spotify while I make dinner, and  The Good Karma Hospital on Acorn TV. It is tiny vases of flowers, planning our summer vacation, finding more of Basil's toys outside and ordering a dog kennel. 

At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.
— Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

It is getting out of the car and approaching strangers, striking up a conversation and getting back into the car understanding it was something of real value. It is taking time to open my heart and feel what I truly feel without judgement. It is tenderness when anger or fear arise inside of me, and giving myself some space to work through my emotions without hiding or masking them. 

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It is taking time to play with toys and lay in the cool grass. 
It is joy. . .  

how was your week? 
xooox

tiny vases

tiny vases

Baker

Baker