Even when I have busy, tiring weeks, I feel it's important to pause to reflect on gratitude, to focus my thought on thankfulness. This is why I love the following quote:
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast
And this is why I love Friday Fave Five which is hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story. Here are my five favorite moments from Willow's Week.1. I cannot tell you how much I love homemade raspberry freezer jam. I make my own. I love it on toast. With peanut butter. My lunch
2. Herons are one of my favorite birds. Fortunately, I live in an area where herons are abundant. This guy was posing for me recently at Channel Islands Harbor.
(full disclosure here: this is a heron I photographed at San Diego Zoo)
The white heron I saw this week was confusedly wandering, lost and bewildered, along my street. While it is true that I live two blocks from an artificial lake which is in the middle of a golf course, this bird was seriously out of its preferred environment. But he/she/it was so cute. I just had to slow down, stop, open my window and shoot some photos.
3. Every day as I cross under the freeway (Hwy 101) to access the onramp, I look to the right up the road and over a field of citrus trees and in front of it at a row of poinsettias growing tall and semi-wild. It thrills me every time I see the brilliant red blooms glowing over the dull greens and browns of a Southern California winter.
4. Another walk. Ventura Harbor this week.
5. The internet. After being without internet at home for almost three full days, I am happy to have access again. It's a little freaky how dependent we are on technology to work, play and communicate.
That was my week. Busy and filled with compositions to correct, but also filled with blessings when I searched for them.