Some days my eyes cannot open wide enough to take in the surrounding beauty.  Each breath brings a sense of wonder.

There are days, good days where nothing stands out.  Errands and “to dos” are ticked off the list.  Time is well spent with friends and family.  Work and other projects are completed earlier than expected.  A sense of contentment settles in.

Other days are nothing short of a struggle.  Silent tears litter a lonely heart and pillow.

In all, regardless of circumstance and season, I desire a live a life marked by gratitude and thanksgiving.

Gratitude takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awaking to new wonder, and to praise the goodness of God.          (T. Merton, Thoughts in Solitude)

Gratitude takes nothing for granted.

Gratitude takes no thing for granted.

Recently I have taken to writing down a minimum of five things for which I am grateful each day.  Doing this forces me to pause and delve deeply into each day.  Some nights the lists are long and filled with descriptions, and other nights I barely scrape together five things.  Both the ease and the struggle enable me to more readily recognize the “no things” in my life as they happen, as they present themselves moment by moment.

Here is to living with greater intentionality and with eyes and hearts open wide(r).

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Some days photos seem to take themselves.  This has not been the case for awhile.  Pulling out my camera and taking a photo has been an act of commitment, not desire, for the last two days.  My inspiration is waning.

So what you see is what you get.

5.12.2010 – Fuzzy Borders*

5.13.2010 – Trip to the DMV (Fullerton, CA)*


Clogs, “Last Song (feat. Matt Berninger);
Damien Jurado, “Cloudy Shoes”


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