Close-Up Saturday 2 September 2017 I’m grateful for what’s been around me this week: summer blooms, friends, faith community, books, walking paths, day trips, Epic Art Adventures, wildlife, blueberry muffins, sunshine, heartening stories of government, private agencies and individual’s rescue efforts in response to Hurricane Harvey. Thoughts and prayers for all, and gratitude.
On Monday, we spotted this bald eagle at Olin Lake, connected to Oliver Lake
A walk (and sit) through the Wellfield Botanic Gardens
More Wellfield Gardens
Epic Art Adventures
The Epic Art Adventures include 56 sculptures of Seward Johnson scattered throughout Elkhart County. The temporary art display (until October 20) is part of celebrating 10 years of Quilt Gardens and Quilt Murals in Elkhart County (many of the sculptures are located near a quilt garden).
The fairy garden tree in OxBow Park
Taste the essence of life, relax on the accessories
Plato said, “Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom when the passions have relaxed their hold and have escaped not from one master but from many.”
I take that quote from Joan Chittister’s chapter, “Fulfillment,” in The Gift of Years. She wrote, “It is time to taste the essence of life rather than concern ourselves with its accessories. It has taken us a lifetime to love a sunset, to value company, to give up what has always been too much, and to learn to revel in what is enough–but it has been worth the wait.”
Chittister ends each chapter with a summary on burden and blessing. For this chapter she wrote: “A burden of these years is the awareness of all that we missed for so long while we sold our souls to the idols of the time.
“A blessing of these years is the equanimity that comes from knowing that none of the side roads of life were really wasted. Truth is, we learned something invaluable on each of them. We learned that to come to fullness of life it takes absolutely nothing at all beyond the development of the best in ourselves.”
A grateful thought
G.E. Lessing (1729-1781) wrote this fitting word: “One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer. (Ein einziger dankbarer Gedanke gen Himmel ist das vollkommenste Gebet).”
Thanks to Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, for in one sentence collecting my many strands of thoughts into one grateful thought.
Happythought. Have fun!