Thursday, March 22, 2007

Spirit

Stephanie Ciccarelli wrote a blog recently over at Vox Daily about post session rewards. She reminded us of the little things we need to do every day to treat ourselves- thus leading to a much more rewarding life.

This morning I was thinking about Stephanie's post, as I believe strongly in the need to take a piece out of my day to not worry about work or family. I believe this makes me a healthier and stronger person all around.

You see, I have a ritual every morning. I wake up...check e-mail...have a bowl of cereal and a cup of tea...and then go outside to water the gardens and clean out the bird bath. I do this nearly every morning of my life that it's warm enough and not raining. I've always considered this my 'stress-free' treat to myself- a way to kick off my morning with something I love that is also productive.

This morning however, I added a step that made an enormous difference in my outlook on this day. It started when I made a cup of coffee...this is something I only do on days I know I won't be recording in the first half of the day. The cream gets stuck in my throat- so I usually stick to tea. Alas, this morning I got coffee- yay! I went outside, watered the gardens, and fed and watered the birds. Then I stopped.

I walked down to the stone bench my husband put on the furthest edge of our property and sat. My dog curled up under the bench in the shade and fell asleep. I just sat there for about 20 minutes listening to the beautiful calls of the mockingbirds and finches. I watched the grackles play in the bath, the doves peck around at the food. I listened to the bees buzzing around the freshly planted blackberry bushes. They were oblivious to me, and I simply relished them. It wasn't long before the tears came to my eyes.

It occurred to me this morning that I have exactly what I had hoped to have 6 months ago when I left my radio job. I have peaceful mornings spent in the gardens. I have a studio upstairs where I am able to do the work I love. I have a great husband and a healthy family. There is no other place on earth I would have wanted to spend my morning.

So, I've made a promise to myself to take those precious few minutes each morning that I can to walk down to the bench and be thankful. Even on days when the outlook might not be as bright- that will be my place to stop and appreciate everything good and right in the world. I will hope that each day the flowers and trees grow bigger, my spirit will as well.

10 comments:

Stephanie Ciccarelli said...

Hi Kara,

What a lovely post today.

Recently, I've started cross-stitching which is extremely relaxing for some reason. It takes the utmost concentration but when finished the results are incredible.

I can't wait until the Spring truly hits here in Canada. It's certainly more mild today. We're looking forward to planting a flower garden as well as some fruits and vegetables.

Tulips will have to wait until the Fall. I'd love a few climbing roses and rose bushes along with a clematis and some lilies of the valley - those would be great.

What kind of plants are in your garden?

See you soon!

Stephanie

Kara Edwards said...

Stephanie-

Thank you for your kind words! I hope the warm weather gets to Canada soon- I'll try to send some your way! This is my favorite time of year...minus the tree pollen! Hopefully Vegas can provide you with some warmth...time to break out the short sleeves!

Climbing roses? I am planting my first rose bush tomorrow! I decided to finally take the plunge. :)

We have several gardens with different flowers in each. My most prized is my vegetable garden. Right now, it's cool season veggies...peas, onions, broccoli, spinach, the works!

This spring is the beginning of my first butterfly garden. It will include nector rich plants that I hope will attract tons of bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. It should compliment the perennial garden nicely.

Isn't this a great hobby?

Kara

Norm Depeel said...

Hey Kara
You make me laugh! I just listened to your voice resume!? and it brought a smile to my face. I love reading your insights on life and your journey to fulfilment. I was reading a book the other day and came across a quote by oliver wendell holmes who said "many people die with their music still in them. why is this so? too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. before they they know it, time runs out. and then i found today in another book a quote by Tagore who said" i have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song i came to sing remains unsung". so here's one of my creeds i guess "stumble forward" so what if the song is out of tune, the more you sing the better you get. and like you a journey begins and life starts that simply.so way to go Kara, your one of my favorites in the blog thingey!

HasTheVoice.com said...

Hi Kara,
Your posts are always enjoyable and it looks like you have a Canadian contingent following along:
Stephanie in Ontario, Norm in Alberta and me in beautiful British Columbia:)
My 3 kids are finishing up their 2-week spring break today and I have enjoyed "their voices in the house" over that time. We all played a fun board game yesterday that my 11-year-old just got for his birthday next week and I know we'll be playing it again today with my wife for the first time. Check out "Apples to Apples".

Gotta hit the road now as we mail in paperwork for my daughter's passport...Volleyball is in her spirit and she'll be in Reno at the end off June.

Say HI to everyone at VOICE in Vegas for me. Take care Kara!

--Ralph Hass

Kara Edwards said...

Norm,

What wonderful quotes! I will be sure to remember those! Thank you for allowing me to be one of your 'favorites'! After 11 years talking about my life on the radio it is nice to still have an 'outlet' for my thoughts! Especially considering these are things we would have never discussed on a morning show :) Take care!
Kara

Kara Edwards said...

Ralph-

I never noticed all the 'Canadians'- that's funny! Must be all the time I spend writing about warm weather :) Hah!

It's wonderful your kids are there...my husband and I are boardgame fanatics! I'm sure we'll one day have a house full of little board game players. Our favorite right now is our vintage Wahoo game. We have mini-tournaments! I'll be sure to check out the game you mentioned!

I will also be sure to tell everyone you said hello while in vegas! I'm excited, but a little nervous about the lack of sleep I'm afraid I will suffer!

Have a wonderful week!
Kara

Bob Souer said...

Kara,

Thank you for this lovely, thoughtful and thought-inspiring post.

Be well,
Bob

Kara Edwards said...

Bob,

It is my pleasure :)

Thank you for your wonderful comments!

Kara

------------------------------ said...

Good for you and it would be healthy and helpful to all if they would really take a cue from your experience, Kara. My goodness, you and I both know people who are battling terrible diseases etc. and life is indeed precious and if we don't take control of US...who in the world can?

I was encouraged and prodded once again by your post...thank you!

Brian in Charlotte

Kara Edwards said...

Brian,

Thank you for your comments. You are a wonderful friend :)

Kara