Sickness ran off with my sunny-side for a quick bit there. It happens to the best of us, right? A few nights of lost sleep, ear-infection-pain that brought me to tears, and the fuzzy edges all around that tend to accompany such times had me wondering just where I would find a bit of optimism, encouragement, inspiration. I knew I would find these uplifting, even wing-soaring feelings somewhere, but where and more urgently, when?
(thanks to Jon Claxton for the photos of my boys)
The answer..... just as soon as I reached for my camera, and right in my kitchen. Apparently I collect little quotes, and such, for just these times. These words jump out at me, and in the moment I just have to savor and keep them, thinking that I will glean some-something from their message each day. The truth is most days my eyes glaze right over them not even noticing they are there, on the fridge, in my notebooks, on my windowsill and dresser.
(Thanks to my daily cup of Yogi tea for the above quote)
And there is a bit of serendipity seen only through the lens. This particular combination of words and photos struck me (after taking the photo) as I think the two were simply placed together out of need for magnets, but they are perfectly paired. The star is a reminder to myself..."Jump in"! Jump into this life, go forth with gusto, meet each day with enthusiasm. Specifically when I feel the hesitation that wells up inside sometimes, keep going. "Jump in"!
The photo is taken of my Grandparents, Joe and Phyllis Soloy, standing next to one of their many accomplishments. In my Grandpa's spirit there was no hesitation, it seemed. Grandpa certainly was a man to "jump in"! To bring to life all he had, and more. My Grandma is a beautiful and brave woman full of love, encouragement and inspiration.
There we have it, optimism found.