|Taking a break by Qabluna, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)|
Do you ever run out of blog post ideas? I do. I don't suppose I need to tell you that. It's obvious, isn't it? I haven’t exactly written many posts recently.
I should have lots to write about. Isn’t every day full and interesting? I do believe that hidden in our day is some precious treasure waiting to be discovered. Usually I'm in too much of a rush to notice it. But if I sit and reflect, I’m sure I can find many things worthy of a few words, worthy of being shared.
So I’m going to give myself a challenge. I’m going to find that hidden thought or smile or story, make sense of the events that happen each day, turn them into something interesting. Of course, I can’t just retell my day saying, “I did this… and I did that…” No, I have to find something more than that. Can I really do this? I shall try.
This morning as I was kneeling with the girls, saying our morning prayers, my eyes turned towards the window and I caught sight of a brown bird perched on the fence. He puffed up his fluffy, feathery chest and sat very still soaking in the sunshine. And I wondered: when was the last time I sat so still and just enjoyed the moment? A long time ago. We get so busy. Perhaps we feel we have to keep moving. Isn't doing nothing a waste of time? Or does it give us a chance to listen and to reflect?
I want to be like that brown bird. I want to sit still and bask in the sunshine of the moment. If I do that, I might discover the treasure God sends me every day. And perhaps I'll find I have lots to write about after all.
I often look out the window while we're praying. Do I find that distracting? Only if a kangaroo happens to hop down the road in the middle of the Rosary. That happened once. We jumped to our feet mid-prayer, and rushed outside to see the kangaroo bouncing back towards the bush. Yes, we got distracted. But that's okay, isn't it? It's not every day we're treated to such a wonderful sight. It was a moment to treasure and remember and to share. And now that I've shared it, I only need to write two more words: