Good morning! Coffee is at hand! It’s quiet, the rest of those in the house are asleep. I hear only the purr of the Merlock, the cat. He is always my constant companion. My mind is wandering a bit on what to write. Then I open the book, and there! A train of thought to follow!
“There is always time to seek those small instances in every life that make it grow.” Just wow! And so there are! I have looked for those times for so long, and found them! But I do not recall when I first became aware of these. It’s this little thought, and you suddenly go with it, and it grows! Like the decision to turn the hot tub room into a studio shortly after we moved into our home.
For me, it has become the hub for what I do. A place where I become, and where I do absolutely from. In other words its where I say, “Yes! I will do that! Lately, it has been a mix of writing and art.
I have always wanted to make a difference in the world at large. When I examined what I could do. It came back to art and writing. I have been too comfortable and stayed at home for most of my life. I did not have to stay home, but being creative I have. Now when I want to venture out there is COVID. So when you have lemons? Do you make lemonade? Maybe unless you want strawberry shortcake or tiramisu. I think I would rather have one of those. I like thinking outside the box. I love the unusual!
“Anyone can pinpoint a certain time or place that has served as the turning point to stretch the mind and thinking that past small beginning. The ways to grow are without number if the person is alert and tuned to them. There are rich ideas in the simplest conversations, beauty in a sunrise and a sunset, and understanding in a handclasp if only we can tap that great potential and move out of the vacuum that seems to hold us. What? Move out of our comfort zone? It doesn’t have to be that we are in one of those. I think it has more to being a bit spontaneous. Feel the goodness of the day! As if warm sunshine is cascading over you, you face the field of daisies and other wildflowers. Then suddenly you go to pick a few. Perhaps, instead, you see steam and compulsively go and fish! I love to stay in those moments until I have soaked enough in for mu poets’ heart. I think instances come from such happiness.
How to feel like this during this time___ How to be present, and not overwhelmed__ How to comfort the self, now. This answer is our uniqueness because it involves who we uniquely are.
We need to find what gives us hope and faith in life, and in one another so this is not lost. If we keep to ourselves we are truly alone in the matter. Then how do we get to one another? Safely as we can, and for those with computers or phones___ I use the speakerphone on our phone. It is a better experience with Zoom.
What gives me hope? I have reached out over the past few years and said hello to people by taking on a friendly persona! I was tired of finding myself alone and did not want to fall into some negative thought pattern of no one is interested in who I am! Our self-talk can prevent us from doing a lot of nice and fun things, including meeting good friends, and it prevents us from being one! If there is no one to interact with____well there we are! Reaching out has been the best thing I have done for myself.
Life catches us up, and so we need to make the time, and we feel such a lack of time. I am deliberately slowing my world down to have it be more manageable. More user friendly. I need to know what others feel, and think! In that there is hope! There is hope because there are people out there that want to share what they think, what they want out of life, they want to laugh and be happy too!
I am even reaching out to old friends. They are still important. I remember some very fondly. I am reaching out to those I love as well! Out of all the people in the world__I see it as a way to let them know about who I am! Journal letters work for me. I write when I take a break or think of something I want to share.
The question is: How do people stay in touch? Beyond the phone? Letter writing used to be popular and is a very pleasant way to connect. I am an advocate of pen palling! If you don’t like your handwriting__ the computer will do it! I created a one-liner to begin my letters. This helps me begin. “May my letter greet you warmly and find you well!” I write. These days I write here in Good Morning Sunshine! I am grateful for two new friends, who now mean so very much to me. Simply because I dared risk a bit of who I am. Don’t be alone in life. Find someone to laugh with! Friendships are like gardens, we tend them and they become.
To find this kind of happiness__ “We must be watchful for opportunities. We must seek beyond our small personal desires to find anything of lasting value. When we seek only to satisfy ourselves, we become stagnant and sooner or later fall into a pattern of existing without purpose.” I needed to find a purpose. I needed happiness. I needed hope. I needed to feel alive! I needed not to paint myself in a corner, and if I did! It needed to be, “OH! Well! And then? I needed to walk across the paint! Nothing was going to keep me pinned so I could not live life fully. The older you get the more aware of the time you are, and then you realize humans are the only ones who measure their days with time. And we don’t have to do that. We have these great long to-do lists! But what do we really, really have to do? And what is most important? And then why are we not doing these things?
June 14, 2020 Pejj Nunes