I regularly run into people who comment about something they’ve read on The Daily Grace, and it surprises me every time. It’s silly, of course–this is a published blog and the analytics show me just how many people are reading and what posts strike their fancy. But numbers are not my motivation, and so it’s something I rarely think about when I write. Instead, I get a thought in my head–something that lands there and hangs a while, rather than passing through–and when it doesn’t let go, I sit down to write about it, to discover what it’s here to teach me, how I feel about the thing.
This is not a novel concept. Joan Didion said:
I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.
Nevertheless, a kind mention about something you’ve read here means a great deal to me. And you folks are so generous.
A couple of weeks ago a friend from college left this sweetness for me:
Cathy…I was thinking of your 30 days of fun yesterday when I spied this beautiful orange and pink zinnia by our pool. It has orange petals that turn hot pink before they end in the yellow center. As I leisurely swam my laps I reminded myself of some of your blogs and to start looking for things that make me smile. Low and behold, a spirited hummingbird stopped by the same flower! I left the pool light-hearted and grinning.Thank you!Betsy M.
I think Betsy’s zinnia is the perfect reminder God has filled the world with beauty–sometimes small, sometimes grand–and always worthy of notice. All He asks is that we take a tiny moment to acknowledge its glory and the awe of it will move through your body tips to toes, sweet and slow, like a cold sip of lemonade on a hot summer day.
30 Days Of Fun III
Did you have some summer fun today? Leave details in the comments below, or better yet, send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also post to instagram with hashtag #30DaysOfFunTDG or to my TheDailyGraceBlog Facebook page. I’d love to share it here!
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