Friday, May 29, 2009

My Favorite Things


It was overcast, chilly and silent as the church choir sang the entrance hymn, Morning Has Broken. I have been looking at the side yard of the church and didn’t pay much attention as Fr. John marches to the altar. My mind was captured by the birds as they hopped from one branch to another. I have been so impressed with the church’s landscaping. It was like a mini-forest and the glass wall made it very visible from inside.


I caught myself teary-eyed as the choir continued singing,
Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God's recreation of the new day.

Wow! That was surreal. I felt a pure joy at the instant. It was very liberating as I embraced the whole opportunity of enjoying the moment.

Practice makes perfect, they say. If you handle all situations in life with optimism, then the harvest is great. My personal approach to a healthy self is simple- don’t overanalyze everything.

Here are a few of my favorite things!
*Watching the birds picking on the flying fish on the sea.
*Seeing beautiful dolphins leap in the wild, vast ocean;
*Playing with the waves;
*Hearty talk with family and friends;
*Fresh, green mangoes with vinegar;
*Summer escapade at the lake while staying in a cheap hotel;
*Reading
*Dancing
*A bedspread of stillness and peace through the newly fallen snow;
*A midnight walk in the neighborhood with my husband and dog, Jake;
*A bike ride on the coast;
*Cuddling on the couch with my husband and our dog; Jake.

Happy weekend, everyone^-^
Shawie

8 Grateful Heart's Words:

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Shawie,
It is interesting to know some of your favorite things. They reveal so much of you. It is really awe inspiring to see the beauty of nature that we could not help but be awed by God's wonderful creations. Truly our God is a God of mystery and grandeur. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

""rare*jonRez"" said...

Hi Shawie!
Hehehe... You made me drooling at your number 5 item! Yay. I gotta run and get myself a bite of apple. mao nalang akong ipuli. hahaha! you've got simple things to keep you happy and so do i. when we are happy and content with simple things, we can be even more with big ones. :)

Have a super beautiful weekend dear!

Avatar said...

The choir has beautiful lyrics. By the way, your blogs are wonderful to read, especially blog101. Keep writing. :)

Jena Isle said...

These are some of mine:

Watching sunrise and sunset.
A quiet time by the sea, or mountain top.
Watching TV with family.
Pillow throwing with the kids.
Reading a book
Listening to music.

Our list is similar.

Appreciating what we have in life is happiness. You're on happy person , Shawie.

Secondary Roads said...

What a beautiful Sunday scene. You made me feel like I was there. Thanks. -- Chuck

Salute said...

What a lovely way to enjoy a Sunday. I could not agree more that being optimistic, will likely bring good returns.

Joe-ann said...

wow, it must be a very nice feeling. very true, happiness comes from simple things.

Romy said...

I'm more appreciative of your outlook about optimism. Nothing could beat such attitude just like I realized its connection with positivism.