Friday, August 28, 2009

Stop. Pause. Delay. Whoa up.

Some of the blogs, articles, and other communique that I've been reading lately have made mention to this idea. And it's definitely not a new one, but it's a good one to stumble upon from time to time.

Just stop and live in the moment. Observe what's around you and be thankful. (This is a general reminder to me as well; I'm not trying to be ultra-didactic.)

This thought struck me last Sunday as I was emptying my EnviroVac in the backyard. I just took a minute, looked around, and realized that all the things that I allow to bother me and get me down are pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things. This is a view from my back yard. (The corn belongs to the neighbors.)

I'm thankful for my general health (stomach bug aside) and for having every material thing I really need. I'm thankful for blogs and chocolate and paper and (oh yeah!) friends. And for you for reading my blog. Have a great weekend, everyone!


  1. Yes! It's good to take it all in. I think about this often. We all have horrible days. But, in the grand scheme of things, we've got warm homes and our loved ones are safe.

    Every once in awhile I remember when I was a student and the things I wished for (like buying my favourite import magazine) that now I do without thinking. And these are still indulgent by most standards...

    I try to stop perpetually asking for more and instead just be glad for a moment. And I'm very glad for blog friends too.

    Have a great weekend Tommy!

  2. Hi Tommy!

    Great post. I am so guilty of getting caught up in the next thing on my to-do list and forgetting to stop and actually enjoy life's little pleasures.

    As a city-dweller,I am so jealous of your peaceful backyard view. There are many,many days when I'd give anything for such freedom of space. Enjoy it!

  3. What a beautiful backyard. Absolutely beautiful. Like Jenn, I am a city dweller and my view is much different-I look out onto another building. At the same time, I can find ways to be happy and to be appreciative of life-what I have. You have inspired my next post! Great photo.

  4. It is always a good think to remember what we are grateful for and take a step back; this post just made me take a second and do that! Thank you for all of your support and comments on my blog, Tommy. I really appreciate it!

  5. As I floundered in my kitchen last evening while smoke billowed out of the oven from the sugar that had boiled over and became even more frustrated as half the party guests arrived at least a half hour early in time to witness the debacle I realized that I need to stress less and laugh more at those types of situations.