Reflective thoughts…

a Sunday afternoon

Grandchildren and Children 

A little girls’ laughter yesterday in the grocery store

Parents

the River

my Brothers 

gratitude for Walking 

a small garden

Friends here and so many gone

the morning light as it fills the bird feeders outside my window 

pond with frogs croaking and water lilies blooming

Breath and Spirit

Love and Mystery

Life in the present moment

Trees and their silent reverence

Surrender and Acceptance ♥️

Photo by Anita Adams of NCTreesPhotography.com

Window View

Cardinal in the cherry tree

sunlit green grass and spring leaves

Japanese maple tree – red and shimmering in the sun

pond reflections form waves of the sun’s lifeforce over the trees branches

soft wind blows the leaves of cherry and maple gently while the birds finish their morning hellos

robins fly busily while gathering pine needles and leaves left behind after winter has said goodbye to make a nest for their first born

pines stand tall at the top of the ridge swaying gently from side to side

nature’s invitation calls gently come walk with me and bask in this glorious day

Anita Adams 5/2/2022

A bird’s retreat
Robin’s nest and first egg!
St. Francis watches over the pond, trees, birds and fish.

A DEEPER LOOK at GRATITUDE

Those who know me, know that I often refer to Gratitude.

You may ask How did you know or get introduced to GRATITUDE? While listening to Krista Tippett’s podcast On Being, early one Sunday morning, she was interviewing Brother David Steindl-Rast, Founder of Gratefulness.org . This podcast was such a pivotal moment in my life as he described so many things, people, experiences, sounds, sights, smells, he was grateful for. I am a contributor to Gratefulness.org through monetary donations and my Photography. The practice of Gratitude I continue today. When I feel stuck in a ‘funk’, and I can’t think of anything to be grateful for, I begin with the letter ‘A’ and list whatever I am grateful for that begins with that letter and proceed through the alphabet. It’s amazing what comes out. Here’s a list of late:

A = Alicia (my daughter), Art, Air, AFG, Apple Trees

B = Brothers, color Blue, Blue Berries, Books, Birds

C = Chocolate (Dark Chocolate), Church, Couch, Catholicism, Creating Collages, Crows, Camera

D = Dawn, Doves, Daffodils, Drawing

E = Elephants, Ears that hear, Eyes that See, Europe

F = Faith, Father, Friends, Family

G = God, color Green, Grayson, Greeting one another

H = Home, Hot water, Hiking, Hawks

I = Imagination, Irises

J = Jesus, Juicy Pears and Apples, Job, Joy

K = Katharina (a faithful friend), Kites, Kibbeh, Kayaaks, Kayak, Kelly

L = Love, the sound Laughter, Lincoln

M = Mom, Memory, Mountains

N = Nandina, Notecards

O = Ocean waves and sound, Oxygen, Oranges, Orchids

P = Patience, Prayer, Pink Tulips, Peruvian Lilies, Photography, Pencils, Pens, Paper, Pope Francis

Q = Quiet moments, Quilts

R = Rest, Richard (son), Red Poppies, Robins

S = Steve (husband and friend), Sailing, Swimming, Seeing Smiles again

T = Trees (all kinds- Oaks, Redbuds, Weeping Willows, Dogwoods, Beech Trees), Today, Travels

U= Umbrellas (bright red, poke-a-dotted)

V = Sound of Violins, African Violets, Vacation

W = Water, Willow Trees, Writing

X = eXtraordinary moments

Y = Yellow Sunflowers and Finches

Z = Zealous moments

What does your list look like?

~ Anita Adams 3/2022

S = Sunflower

Year End Reflections and….

a look back on 2021

A year of loss

A year where a Leap of Faith was taken into the unknown

A year of Trusting the God of my understanding, the Divine, Jesus, the Mystery, the Whisperer

Creating Art

Letting Love in

Trusting that ALL is well and ALWAYS will be in God’s time and in God’s way

Choosing Gratitude for the gifts given and the ones shared

God thank you for the Serenity to accept those things/people/situations I can not change

God thank you for the Courage to change those things/situations that I can

God thank you for the Wisdom to know the difference

Wishing you all a year of focusing on what you have, sharing what you can, good health, good food, good choices, peace of mind, body and soul.

Forestbathing in Western North Carolina

There’s always time to . . .

Choose to give from a place of love

Pause and be silent

Breathe in fresh air and give thanks

Pray and listen for God’s guidance

Walk in the woods and notice nature in all its forms, colours, sounds, smells

Write a letter to a friend, to yourself, to God

Give thanks for the many ordianary and extraordinary blessings in my life

Be kind to myself and others

Retreat into silence when saying something unkind just feels icky

Learn to love one’s self

Here comes my love

the one the only

the one who listens

the one who walks with me day and night

the Whisperer

the constant one who assures me that all is well always

grateful am I to know you

grateful am I that you want to know me

grateful am I when I remember that any question or request uttered doesn’t go unheard

you hear all things

by hearing and answering all things, my Faith grows stronger

and I am reminded of a journey taken long ago in a country far away

where the one word uttered to me as I boarded a plane to return home

was BELIEVE!

I believe, and as the prayer or psalmist reminds us, help us when we forget to.

~ Anita Adams 11/2021

Hearts Speak – Surrender 7122021 Anita Adams

Something lost…

trips to see grandchildren, family and friends

hugs

plane rides to Europe

trails to explore without face coverings

movies on the big screen

smiling faces

coffee with friends

going to school

attending live concerts

regular Mass attendance day or weekend

art classes in person

eating out

dressing up


Some things to be REALLY GRATEFUL for…

clean air

blue skies

clear, clean rivers and streams

time to write what’s in my heart

hikes every weekend

a home

running water

Zoom and Duo

heat and air conditioning

a garden

art day

karaoke night

movie night

a good book

photographs, paper, pen, pencil, scissors and glue

mending strained relationships

putting life into perspective

having employment

working with loving individuals

the colours green, blue and pink

yoga

clean laundry

enough food to eat and share

art in all its forms

Hugs

from someone you love

Gratitude for …..

Blue Skies and Stone Treasures

Gratitude for what’s been and what’s now is…

Interesting how the positives weigh out the negatives

Europe in a few Snaps

Life in the time of Corona

Week 3 or 4

My father used to say to me, the sun comes up and the sun goes down. In other words, you can count on this each day. If I couldn’t focus on anything else, I could observe these two certainties even if it was raining, snowing, sleeting, or a bright sunny day. He was right!

Since my first piece entitled Week 1 – Wake Up Call, there have been many other reflections and happenings. These changes and awarenesses for me have consisted of these:

  • a suggested practice of gratitude every morning with my colleagues to start our work day
  • we are among the few who are considered essential services and continue to have a job to drive to and show up during the week – we’ve gone through feelings of guilt and gratefulness, and our workload has increased as we do our best to take care of the many Guardians who are caring for the many who have no one else to comfort, guide and tend to their needs. We all feel that this service is very humbling and we are all very grateful to work with such loving individuals.
  • face masks (if you are fortunate to have one) are worn daily when going out into the public for grocery shopping, a walk for exercise depending upon whether or not we are in a place of contact with others
  • hand washing is paramount
  • do not touch your face
  • wash your work clothes each day
  • keeping the distance between ourselves is very important
  • Shelter in Place means one must stay in the confines of their home or land if you are fortunate to have land or a neighborhood to walk in
  • there is no testing available as of yet for all personnel
  • nurses, doctors, caregivers, pharmacists, clerks in the grocery store, hardware store do not have face masks or gloves
  • a cure or vaccine has not been created yet
  • there is no definitive timeline as to when life as we were living it will return

Gratitude/ Lessons learning

As I read my daily devotionals and meditated upon what I gleaned, what I am learning during this pandemic in my dot on the globe, my observations and reflections consists of some of these:

  • The air has never been cleaner
  • The sound of stillness while strange, allows me to listen to the earth, the birds, the water in our pond as it flows from the waterfall
  • How essential it is to check on the heart and mind of those around me – calls me to create notes or cards of love – to connect with my heart and prayer
  • I pray each morning and night and have posted to FaceBook at 9 pm Prayer and Meditation for all who wish to join me for 3 minutes or more for our world
  • Gratitude for what we have is essential

Lastly, I would like to share a Prayer with you that sums up what is in my heart and mind.

Prayer during a time of Unknowingness

Dear God, True Source,

Please hear the prayers of many for our world, for the hungry, the homeless, our families, children, neighbors, friends and those we know and those we don’t.

There is much to be grateful for and much we have taken for granted. Forgive us for any prejudices and any unkind words spoken or unspoken. Forgive us for past or future excess in our life. As I write this I remember Jesus saying just ‘come and follow me’. They didn’t pack a basket, bag, suitcase – life was walked in Faith that all would be well. And all was well.

Please shower the earth with your Grace.

Forgive us for those we have not taken care of and for our world and its pain and suffering that so many have ignored its cries.

May peace, health, love and healing return to all beings and all living things of the earth. May we never take for granted again that which has been so beautifully provided by you for us. May we share and exchange words of kindness like the birds who fly effortlessly through the sky and converse every morning with politeness.

The Golden Rule: Do unto other as you would have them do unto you.

Thank you Father. – Amen

Earth Day

a day to remember the precious ground upon which our feet trod and the grass or sand that covers it

a day to get hands dirty, pulling weeds, trimming trees, listening to the water as it tumbles into the stream

find a place of stillness and go within, a face in the sun, a face in the wind

say thank you and plant another tree, flower, bush, or seed

enjoy your earth, your garden, your tree

Paul’s Garden