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Archive for May 18th, 2009

Warm-Weather Treat

Monday, May 18th, 2009

watermelon.jpgI bought a very small watermelon last week. It was much larger than a grapefruit, but a fraction of the size of a typical watermelon. (The photo was taken on a small salad plate, for scale.)

I cut it into four wedges. Each wedge was the perfect size for snacktime, for one adult. As a bonus, it was some of the most tasty melon I have tried in a very long time.

I tried to eat my treat on the porch, as you can see in this photo. However, afternoon shade and a bit of a breeze made it not quite warm enough for outdoor snacking.

I brought my snack inside to finish. The fruit alone was enough for me to have a wonderful experience, really. The warmth of summer is not far away!

Aaah, food is art… enjoying life is an art… and just being part of nature when there is no snow anymore, feels like an art to me. I find it so remarkable to again enjoy the touch of a breeze on my face. This past winter was so mean that I believe everything about spring/summer will be even more wonderful this year. Starting with watermelon in May!

Postscript
This truly is “the good life…” right here and now. Drink in the good and do what you can to let the rough bits just flow on by you… not always easy, but always worth the effort.

I am doing what I can to let go of the need to be right, and to walk away from conflict as often as I can. I let others who enjoy debate, debate without me. If taking a stand is the only answer, I can do it. If I can make things work without determining right and wrong, things just flow more pleasantly.

Letting go of the need to be the ONLY person who was right, has given me a higher quality life. I imagined myself a crusader for Justice, but that assumed that I was the only one who knew what “just” was? Besides, sometimes more than one person has a good point.

If we focus on the little-but-good things in our lives, we can create an extra-special existence. For me these days, turquoise plates, purple and salmon paint trim on my house, good food, good yarn and good friends are some of the small (and large) gifts I have given myself. These gifts make my life extra-special.

If I were waiting to win the lotto or live in Barcelona for a year before I thought I could be happy, I would still be waiting. Since I’m living in this moment, my life is “just right,” as Goldilocks would say.

What are the little things in your life, which move you toward “just right?”