Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Surprised by joy.

mermaid the woods

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us."
― Ashley Montagu

Natural Bridge State Park was my sanctuary this past week. There was a beautiful clearing with a sculpture garden inhabited by spiders and ants, blooming with flowers and colors so vivid that they appeared to come from a crayon box. Climbing the hill several times a day past waterfalls and resting in this seemingly hidden cove was one of the most refreshing parts of my day. Another friend told me she found a place so magical, that the fairies seemed to live there. After following a path up a hill, dragonflies surrounded her in the midst of moss covered rocks. One afternoon I searched for her secret garden and oddly, I couldn't find it. It must have been meant just for her.

Returning home, resolved not to settle into old patterns, I went outside and walked. Imagining that I was seeing things for the very first time. When was the last time I took a moment to enjoy something I  see everyday? With fresh eyes and renewed perspective, I was delighted not by what I saw but by the renewed joy I felt in just seeking out the hidden gems right where I am: the duck eggs laid in our front yard, the watercolor sunrise, and the squeals (and sometimes laughter) of my boys playing basketball. Surprised by joy.

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