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Years ago my grandmother gave me a worry box. I was going through something fairly difficult and this gift was more than a blessing to me. She couldn’t realize just how much it meant to me. At the time my grandmother was more interested in talking about what was happening at the neighbor’s house than anything sentimental.

Inside the box were three angels with a passage written that read: This box is for your worries, the aches within your heart. A place to tuck away your fears, where love and hope can start. So keep this box beside you, and know how much they care, for when you need peace and joy the angels will be there.

Throughout the years there have been times when this box was tucked away in a safe place. At other times it has even been forgotten but earlier this year I came across it on a day that I really needed to. Then the next day someone else came across it. My toddler.

As quick as he could he started shaking the box. By the time I got to him the angels were in pieces. Between lack of sleep and feeling sad I really didn’t study what was left of them because it seemed that they were all broken. I quickly skimmed for the sharp pieces of glass, got rid of them and then I closed the box and placed it on my dresser.

The other day my son grabbed the box again and walked towards me with it saying, “Angols, Angols!” With a smile at the way he says angel, I opened up the box to look at what remained. I gently pushed through the pieces and there it was.  One angel. Unharmed. Beautiful. Strong.

And I was reminded that all you need is one.

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Late yesterday morning I had an opportunity to sit outside for a few minutes while having a cup of tea. I was in desperate need of a break and this was my chance; so I took it. My little guy had just gone down for a nap and although I had many things to do I decided the first thing I needed was a cup of tea. It was a cool day but the sun was bright and beautiful and I threw on a sweatshirt and went outside. I decided that my “break” was going to last as long as my tea did.

As I sat there I saw a neighbor smoking a cigar, another one walking her dog, two birds playing in the air, and a bee trying to decide how well it wanted to get to know me. (Thankfully, not well) The past few days my head has just been spinning in different directions and I felt it was time to try to let go of some of the stress. I decided to think of one of my favorite places – my grandparents camp up north. It wasn’t long before I could hear the sound of the waves crashing up against the dock, or that I could smell the crisp air with campfire trickling through it. I started to begin to relax. It was evident because my shoulders ached from the stress they were holding and I actually noticed the sun that warmed my face. I allowed myself to revisit some memories from up north and it felt good. It even felt good to remember some not so easy times when a trip up north gave me the peace I needed to rebuild my strength.

Do you have a place to escape? Whether it be a favorite place away, somewhere close by or even a room in your home? When was the last time you took the time to go there? Allow yourself the time to. Relax, unwind, breathe.

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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