Savoring the summertime. Loving each moment.

summertime steps, originally uploaded by ordinarymoment.

I have been reading this beautiful book about gratitude this summer and I love how it is changing my way of going about everyday life. It’s helped me to realize just how important it is to actively seek the beauty + blessings in every moment of our lives, how doing so really does lead us to a greater, fulfilling joy. There is something soul-satisfying in stopping the busyness to notice even the smallest things–the way the summer breeze rustles the curtains, the sunlight patterns warm on your toes as you walk across the floor, the gentle flutter of the monarch as you check on your garden. In a fast-paced world it may seem silly and a bit dreamy to be grateful for these tiny moments, but isn’t it funny how so often these are the times that make us feel the most alive? Isn’t the tiniest joy moment worth so much more than the worry, the overanalyzing, the critical moments? What would you rather remember? I choose joy. I choose living in the now, not wishing for tomorrow. It’s too easy to get caught up in the rush of life, to live for what’s to come, to wish for something better. And there’s nothing wrong with hoping, looking forward. It’s just that sometimes when you’re always looking ahead, you miss what’s right in front of you. When we make a point to pause, to savor each gift of time, that is when we truly live.
It continues to take a bit of effort to outsmart my worry-prone brain, but I intend to keep seeking these gifts of grace in all that I do. Why not live for joy?!
So this last month of summer, I will share photos + words of some of these special everyday moments I find. My favorite things about this season of warmth. Despite what the stores are trying to tell us, summer is still here. We wait a long time for it in these parts. I’m not letting go that easily…

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