I’m a paper chain kind of girl (to understand this reference, you might have to refer back to kindergarden and your five-year-old self). I tend to be constantly looking forward to something – anything. Now, this isn’t all bad, but it allows me to let the present slip away without much recognition of the mundane moments that make up a life.
I read this quotation, from William Henry Channing (whoever he is) a few days ago…
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow through the common
and thought the sentiment made perfect sense. I even framed it and now it lives on my desk at home. Each day, I catch a glimpse of the text and find another way these words apply to my life – and probably yours. For some reason, the line “await occasions, hurry never” seems to fit in so many ways. My “paper-chain” mentality always has me waiting for the next big thing, when in reality, I should be enjoying the smaller moments that will eventually get me there.
And that is the point of this blog, to force me to focus on each occasion, big or small, as it comes. To find ways to make a day that seems to match the casual rhythm of every other day, important. To pick out the smallest detail and celebrate it’s place.
I hope you enjoy.