As I write this, I am in my brother’s house. It is early – the sun hasn’t broken the horizon – but the sky is light. In one of those minor miracles of life, we have been transplanted from our home, surrounded by farmland and sky, to a coastal suburb in a different state. We are on an adventure 🙂
Today will be a day dedicated to the children – we are off to play in the Theme Parks that are almost de rigueur in these parts, and indeed, if you are a kid, our parts as well. In another one of these minor miracles, our good friend and his two sons who live down the road from us, just happened to be driving up on the same day, as well as going to the same place we are today. That’s the boys sorted, always the most difficult bit in my opinion :).
We are not there yet, though – for now the silence settles still upon our house, although the world outside is awakening. I can hear the ever-present hum of traffic and the chatter of bats, drawn here by heavily laden mango street trees. There is a Currawong perched on the fence outside the window – he sat with his back to me, with his head swivelled to the side, regarding me through his golden eye, before abruptly flying off on other business. When I go looking for the symbolism of the Currawong, I find this:
Currawongs teach us how to find magic in the suburbs, instead of going out ‘into nature’ to find it.
Don’t you love it?
Last night we had dinner in the backyard under a giant Poinciana tree, one of my very favourite trees of all. There were candles and children, good food and laughter. We were sharing our “stress points” – the times that we know our stress levels rise. For my sister in law it is being punctual. For me, it is getting ready to go away. The day before we leave, I feel I must have the house and car completely spotless, the washing done and the fridge cleaned out before I can even think about packing. Now that I think about it, it’s the packing that is the stress point for me – I worry that I will forget something vital that will ruin the holiday. I am forgetful by nature, so this is by no means a baseless concern. I have a history of being so stressed on the day before we leave, that the Bear has “keep Sara happy” on his list of things to do. As it happened, I did forget my phone. 😀
What is your stress point?
Best Short Read
Have you ever noticed that there are themes that arise each week? Not giving a fuck about things that don’t matter, giving a fuck about things that do – and knowing the difference – is something that I have noticed as a theme in my travels this week. As you would expect, there is a language warning on this article 🙂
Best Words to Live By
Avoid small talk. Embrace conversation.
Buy a plant, water it.
Make your bed. Make someone else’s bed.
Have a smart mouth, and quick wit.
Make art. Create.
Swim in the ocean. Swim in the rain.
Take chances. Ask questions. Make mistakes.
Know your worth.
Love fiercely. Forgive quickly.
Let go of what doesn’t make you happy.
– Paulo Coelho
Best Short Watch
This gorgeous girl is Maya Penn, a 14 year old philanthropist, environmental activist, entrepreneur, eco-designer, inspirational speaker, artist, animator, coder, illustrator, and writer. Because why the hell not? In the video she is only 12. If this is the future, it sure is bright.
I am keeping it short this week my friends – I hope you don’t mind. Blessings to you all <3.
Instagram – I am new here; why don’t you show me around 🙂