collecting || week 49

“Can we really be whoever we want to be, now that we’ve collected all that we are?” 
― Jonathan Evison, West of Here

i practice joy all week long, finding tiny things to savor and delight in;
the snow, a good movie, the sun, a glass of red wine, laughing with him and the silliness
of the dog. i pull back into us some, if that makes sense, but also
wonder why i have to rehearse life at times. 

“I feel like I don't have all the ingredients a person is supposed to have.”
― Jane Hamilton, The Book Of Ruth

i marvel at winter's starkness; the beauty found in the everyday,
and gape as my senses awaken and are rejuvenated. 
i watch as my breath produces a misty fog
and laugh at the dog, who digs in the snow with his nose. 
giving myself permission to just be and find delight in my days. 

“The fact is that the same sequence of days can arrange themselves into a number of different stories.” 
― Jane Smiley, A Thousand Acres

three things :: 
i love, love my rowing class (now if my weight would reflect that) 
i started two new books this week and bailed on them both (yay, for the library) 
i bought these and am so excited for them to arrive

“Who you are, shapes how you are loved.” 
― Jane Smiley, Early Warning: A novel

we take a drive one day, just to get out of the house.
we find a waterfall a herd of elk, mud and dogs at a dog park. . . 
we all come home satisfied and happy. 

"The sensation of feeling all of the time and all of life in any given moment is the sensation of joy." 
~ Mark Nepo
 
"…I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the water and birds learn from the sky.” 
— Mark Nepo

how was your week? 
xoooox