Flying diagonally across Australia on my way to India revealed some harshly beautiful landscapes, many of them quite abstract in their other-worldliness. I wasn't in the best position to take photos, the plane's window acting like a slightly blurry filter, but I wanted to share my intrigue anyway. Some of the land forms I as able to identify, but many jut remain enigmas of the never-never. The biggest treasure- seeing the Aussie icon Ayers Rock from the sky! I cross-checked with maps later to find that those places that seemed so abstract and wondrous from altitude 10,000m do in fact exist, with names and eco-systems and history to their credit. This country remains fascinating from any possible angle. Enjoy!
There`s a young magpie that frequently comes for a bath and a shower in our garden. If you`ve ever watched a bird bath on a summery day, you`ll know with how much abandon they enjoy it! Often when I water the plants, he`d come right down into the spray and put up the most pleasurable water show, with me as the only, fascinated spectator. It always reminds me how much joy there can be in small moments and seemingly mundane things.
We get so caught up in the practicalities of life, and it is easy to trade joy for stress and worry, while all around us are treasure chests of opportunity to love and enjoy life, in the midst of responsibility and reality. We make our own happiness. We are responsible for our state of heart and mind, which determines our state of life in a major way. We can choose to nurture the uncomplicated wonder and the enthusiasm we had as kids.
Yesterday afternoon on our run we got caught in an unexpected and heavy summer downpour. We were soaked but laughing like children and stomping with both feet in puddles to create huge splashes over our already drenched running shoes. What fun! I think we`re onto something...and I want more of that this year.
May each one of us delight in the people in our lives, every one broken as we are, but with their realities interwoven with ours on this amazing journey. May we find small adventure in the unexpected and the overlooked, in work and fitness and healthy living, in art and nature, colour and light. May we live this year with open hearts, and delight in life.
Happy new year!
You shall go out with joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills shall burst into song before you, and the trees of the field shall clap their hands- Is 55:12