“Paying attention attunes us to wonder. We look around us and are astonished at the complexity of a leaf, the gymnastics of a squirrel, the grandeur of an approaching thunderstorm. We notice a delicate, yet strong spiderweb glistening with dewdrops. We discover a maple tree in spring, dripping icicles of sweet sap, and we taste and take the very essence of tree inside of us.”

Pouring maple taffy onto a baking sheet coated with snow to cool it.
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“Later, we stand under the stars, marveling at the Milky Way galaxy, splattered like raindrops across the dark windshield of the universe.”

“Each discovery is another “cairn” that tells us we are moving in the right direction.”

Stacking rock cairns are placed by hikers as path markers as way-finders.
Image: Canva | Stacking rock cairns as path markers and way-finders.

“With these observations of “ordinary” wonder comes awe, swiftly followed by gratitude. Our perspective shifts. Our glass moves from half empty to half full.”

—Cindy Crosby, Chasing Dragonflies

What I Waited Years For (and Finally Got)

What I Waited Years For (and Finally Got)

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It’s true. There are things I made a mental note of wanting, and then I got them. There are experiences I wanted to create and then they happened, places I wanted to be, etc.

There are two things I’ve always done that have led to a pretty decent success rate—visualization and practice. I imagine how I want things to be on a daily basis, and then I do something to move closer to it.

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The last 30 days were a whirlwind.

It was a lot of work and just a little play, but it felt invigorating. I did good work and it has motivated me to take on a new project.

This week, I’ll explore that, but I’m also making time to rest and to be quiet.

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