Friday, April 29, 2011

Small things

There are big events in this world.
Terrible storms devastating so very many.
WARS, horrible, horrible wars.
Glorious weddings with all the fanfare.
Tsunami survivors still searching for the lost.

When there are too many large events in the world,
I seek the small things in life for comfort.
Staying small and focusing on the simple, eases my
mind and quiets my fears. 

Performing simple tasks with grateful intention,
be it changing the linens, weeding the garden,
 or hand washing the dishes, these
simple tasks are given my full attention.

It allows me moments to capture the beauty
of a small thing gorging on the nectar of the 
first blossoms of my pink silk tree.

Project Genesis is in 2 days.
Please join us.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.  ~Anne Frank

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not.  ~Dr. Seuss
Joining Chania again today for her Friday photo challenge.


Low Tide High Style said...

I focus on the small things too. It's my way of doing what I can to keep myself sane! The wedding today was beautiful, and a boost for this weary world we live in. I love your hummingbird photo!!

Kat :)

kluless said...

Very well put!! I sometimes miss all the thinking I could get done while I hand-washed the dishes and my Grandma taught me that she always liked to iron because it gave her time to just think about things. Life whirls at such a pace nowdays that it is good to just stop for a minute and and take a deep breath and remember to enjoy those small things.

Theresa said...

love this, so poignant.
that photo is amazing.
Have a great weekend! t. xoxo

April said...

Beautiful post! It is so easy to get overwhelmed by all the "bad stuff" going on in this world that it's easy to overlook all that's good. Your hummingbird photo is such a wonderful capture...they're one of my fav. birds!

a peony princess said...

A lovely reminder. I try to practice grateful intentions myself, but I'm afraid I forget too often.

And that is a very pretty shot you got of miss hummingbird.


Helen said...

What a refreshing post .... I had to laugh when I read your comment on Jane's blog ... my hair sounds a lot like yours. I need a Blondie-do!

Claudia said...

Beautifully said. I find that when I am overwhelmed with the world, sorrow, fear that giving myself small tasks to do calms me.


Jane said...

Very well said. You have such a gift for writing. And your photography is beautiful too. That is a wonderful picture that you posted.

gail said...

You are so all just gets too overwhelming sometimes, and so out of our control.

Bead and Needle said...

Small is HUGE! See you on Project Genesis Day, Z...Happy Saturday - Tanya

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Oh what a BEAUTIFUL photo....How WONDERFUL to have captured your hummingbird as you have at THAT moment.... :o) !!!!!

YES....When all the BIG things seem overwhelming....We NEED to reflect....INDEED....To GRAB on to the 'little things' to help restore our eqalibrium & remind us to celebrate the GOOD in our world....After all....It's THERE....We just need to open our eyes sometimes & look past the 'other'....!

Have a WONDERFUL weekend filled with ALL the 'little' things....!!!!!

Cheers from Oz,
Tamarah :o)

Terra said...

The small things are BIG in the sense of their importance to our lives.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi dear Suzan
Life is made of the small moments.. we just need to notice them.. Love your shot.. ciao xxx Julie

Blondie's Journal said...

You echo my thoughts exactly. I tend to want to focus on the frivolous when times are hard...just an escape...


Blondie's Journal said...

Oh, yes...the hummingbird!


marcia said...

Beautiful photo...
beautiful words, as always!

happy day!

Bee said...

Perfectly is in the small things we find the greatest peace.

Norine ~rosethoughts~ said...

Stopping by just to say "Hi", Hi!
Love your blog and especially your photos!
Norine/Grunge Goddess Primitives and rosethoughts19

Char said...

lovely hummingbirds

Cozy Little House said...

Yes, we must. Otherwise we'd be so overwhelmed we couldn't function at all. What a wonderful photo you used for just this apt expression.

Cindy said...

just beautiful....

Romeo said...

A beautiful photo and equally beautiful words - what a gift you are!

We were indeed in the path of those awful storms. While we did have some damage, it was nothing worth mentioning when here there were lives lost and homes totally destroyed. It really IS important to keep everything in perspective - every moment, every single one should be valued.

BTW - Romeo and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Dr. Seuss quote. Did I mention L.O.V.E.

Sending you hugs and purrs!

Romeo and I

Anonymous said...

The simplicity of this photo simply took my breath away. It's just lovely.