Gentleness and Joy

Yesterday’s post was about being part of a painting, or a greater picture. I felt connected with the world and at peace. That emotion extended into today and there is a gentle calmness in my life. Every moment feels like when you wake up in bed and just relax. There is no commitment to move or to hustle through the day – you can just lay there, in a blissful daze of appreciation.

While I haven’t completely “Walden”, I’ve heard this quote many times and yearned for the same joy that it describes. For the first time in a long time, I feel like this:

“If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal- that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself.” -Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Today I received a package of books in the mail from my mother. Occasionally she sends boxes of books and magazines that she thinks that I would enjoy. This pile made me roll over in joy. Each book seems beautiful and I can’t wait to start reading them.

Tomorrow I’ll write a review of another book that just arrived in the mail! Hope you are all having a wonderful second day of blogtober!


2/31 Blogtober


I’m officially at my house back in Minneapolis! A long long day of travel but it’s been good to walk back into where I used to live. It doesn’t feel like it’s changed at all and it was incredibly easy to sink back into. I managed to get onto two early flights and make it home 5 hours early! I also managed to surprise my sister and she was really happy. Today was just a good day. I hope to get lots of sleep tonight and get over this horrible cough and cold. I’d write more but I have a splitting head ache and I’m in desperate need of a shower. Talk more tomorrow!