Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Moments for the Soul

A new day is dawning here in the sunshine state. The sun is peaking over the trees. Murphy and Fred the Cat have settled down for their morning until afternoon naps. All is quiet on the home front.

The birds are making the rounds at the birdfeeders and the birdbath. Several different types of flowers are smiling with blooms in my backyard. Lilies, frangipanis, roses, amaryllis, daisies, hibiscus and more. It’s as though nature's best works of art are displayed for me to enjoy.

These simple pleasures make me smile, I can’t help it. Serenity does that to me. I waited a long time for it and I won’t take a second of it for granted. I’ll enjoy the aroma of the flowers and the songs of the birds. I’ll enjoy the peacefulness of the quiet household and the sight of the sleeping furry occupants.

While the world spins in unexpected and strange ways and while human beings hate, fight and kill one another, I must take a timeout and enjoy what I have right here today. My soul needs these moments.

No one knows what tomorrow might bring. I’m keeping the memories of this day just in case I need them some future tomorrow.


Blogger Montag said...

Those are the best moments. And what a great photo.

May 02, 2006 6:03 AM  
Blogger glenda said...

Yes, today, NOW, is all we have.

May 02, 2006 6:08 AM  
Blogger Zya said...

Thats a beautiful photo...

and I love the sentiment.

Serenity. *sighs*

May 02, 2006 6:10 AM  
Blogger aikane said...

Perfect day here in Lakeland, too. So much so I composed a poem -- from the Florida legislature to billboard lobbyists, How do I love thee?. :-)

May 02, 2006 7:44 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

It's always good to stop and take a little time to recouperate from all the stress these morons throw at us. I just love the smell of those blooms in your pic, are they jasmine?

May 02, 2006 7:49 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

These flowers are frangipanis. They have their own wonderful fragrance.

May 02, 2006 7:58 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

WE saw our first bluebird of the spring. I know exactly what you're talking about.

So much gloom and fear - we need a break from it sometimes.

The frangipanis are beautiful. Our magnolias are out in full force as are most of the spring flowers and strawberries are beginning to appear.

Shortcake anyone?

May 02, 2006 8:04 AM  
Blogger Crackpot Press said...

Wow POP...

Such an optomistic post... very refreshing in the blogosphere...

May 02, 2006 8:32 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Beautiful. I thought they were frangipanis but I wasn't sure. Next time I am down that way I will make a point of looking for them. I have never seen them for real and would love to catch a wiff. You must have a beautiful yard.

May 02, 2006 9:15 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I love frangipanis and their fragrance is intoxicating. During one of the storms last year, many blooms were blown off and I ran around collecting them; put them in a bowl and we nearly swooned from the pleasure. Same here - been butterfly watching.

May 02, 2006 9:21 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

Moments like you describe are the best life has to offer. Glad you're enjoying your day.

I loved the Colbert/AP thing, too. Helen Thomas rocked. My favorite parts, other than his stabs at Bush was how he addredd Scalia. I laughed on and off all day thinking about it.

Hope the rest of your day is wonderful.

May 02, 2006 9:52 AM  
Blogger Donviti said...

live in the now POP....

May 02, 2006 11:47 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...


May 02, 2006 11:47 AM  
Anonymous Redcane said...

I believe they are also called plumeria in Hawaii. They smell soooo good.

May 02, 2006 12:40 PM  
Blogger C.S. said...

Plumeria here in California. I have two and love the fragrance.

Oh...great pic also.

Steve Colbert? Laughed my ass off all day.

May 02, 2006 7:23 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Our collective souls need these moments. One of the most beautiful moments in my life was (ironically) while working in Darfur, Sudan many years ago. After visiting a village and measuring starving kids, counting remaining animals and assessing their needs for food, I drove the jeep to a small desert mountain, climbed up and sat right on the edge of a cliff (legs hanging over). I sat and listened to the gentle dry wind, watched the sun descend on one side, the shadow of the hill move visibly away in the east... and sat until dusk and the first star. I felt the distance from it all and the essential goodness underlying all creation.

Then, of course, I went to my hut to rest and be ready to face more dignified suffering.

I'm not sure if that village is there today, it's in the area of the genocide.

P.S. I spent 7 years as a monastic when younger - couldn't leave the world for good, but I understood why some do.

May 02, 2006 8:10 PM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

cool photo

May 02, 2006 8:53 PM  
Anonymous The Heretik said...

Wow. And my first name is Frangipani.

May 02, 2006 10:03 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

Yeah...Plumeria here in this part of Californy...and the fragrance is fantastic. I long for the day I will finally see them in Hawaii. Peace.

May 03, 2006 12:02 AM  
Anonymous joe S. the "new" guy said...

Thanks PoP......I find my peace in my youngest Granddaughters eyes when she talks to me. It's all around us if we look.

May 03, 2006 4:48 AM  
Blogger JBlue said...

Perfect photo.

May 03, 2006 9:37 AM  
Blogger Auntie Roo said...

Ah PoP - You do our souls good by reminding us what beauty still exists in life. It is difficult to fight the baddies without something positive to fuel that fight.

May 03, 2006 12:45 PM  

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