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Coloring My Calendar   4 comments

here be dragons


So it does not trouble me that I don’t know the shape 2014 will take.  Wait, did I just write that?  What poppycock.  I’m not okay with this at all.  One of my coping mechanisms is to be in control of my life, and I can’t steer blind.  2013 ran out of road a week ago, and there are no more leaves to unfold on my map… the journey ahead simply wanders off the edge of the page.  But the road carries me along still, without my leave.  So, since I can’t see or direct my destination or route, I’ve settled on coloring in the shapes of each day.


My red crayon found this to highlight: “Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen.”  I like it!  And after opening that daily treat, I want to jot down the experience in order to remind myself, to expand the pleasure, and to share it with others…  not just for the treats I find, but for those that find me or ones I stumble upon.  Someone even suggested keeping a photo journal, which I’ve been doing, and I think I’m kind of hooked.

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Here’s my “gift to self” from 2 days ago DSC01585Mocha with a marshmallow.  I haven’t put a marshmallow in hot chocolate for as long as I can remember.  It brings back good memories of snow-frozen fingers wrapped around a hot cup and icy toes warming on a toasty hearth, watching the flames dance and sizzle.

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Yesterday, on my daily walk it was the unexpected beauty in winter’s deadness, nature’s ice sculpture


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Today’s pleasure was sitting in a quaint local coffee house to write this blog and then listen to a friend share heart issues.

white hart

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May you discover for yourself simple daily pleasures to add a little color to the dark days of winter.


Posted January 9, 2014 by janathangrace in Personal, Uncategorized

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