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:

The End.

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  1. I think I would have stopped praying to watch that kangaroo too. You are so right Sue, it is easy to get distracted and miss moments around us. Good reminder to stop and smell the roses and enjoy all God gives us to enjoy in our lives.


    1. Betty,

      Oh yes, we need to savour all the special moments we are sent. I'm sure I miss many of them because I'm not looking properly. It's already Friday here in Australia. Nearly the weekend. Enjoy!

  2. Thank you for this "keeping it simple" kind of post. God made the birds and kangaroos, and I'm sure He smiles at you and the children running out to see it in the middle of the rosary - I would have ran out as well.

    1. Uglemor,

      I'm smiling at the thought of God smiling at us running out to see the kangaroo. Such things are meant to be enjoyed. They make us thankful for all we have. Thank you for stopping by!

    2. PS: I'm so happy that you began writing again!

    3. Uglemor,

      You have made me feel very special. Thank you!

  3. Ah, but the bird isn't doing nothing as it sits on the branch. It's constantly on alert, smelling, looking, and hearing for predators. It looks/senses its surroundings for food and materials for its nest. It looks to see if there may be a better vantage point. I also like to think that it catches its breath before it takes flight to its next spot. Never nothing. There are days when I think I've done nothing but then I'm comparing it to days when I'm going crazily at full speed at completing tasks, of which some I'd rather not do. Funny how that is. I love distractions such as kangaroos hopping by. Thanks for putting that image in my head, Sue. :-)

    1. Susie,

      You are so right. Even when we look like we're doing nothing, so much is still going on, like my bird. We need those periods of 'inactivity', I'm sure.

      You know what I'd like to see outside my window? A line of deer walking through the snow! I would find that such a delightful distraction, because we don't have deer or snow! I saw a photo of this sight on a friend's blog recently: her view out of her window. But as I can't have deer, I am happy with my kangaroo!


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