The Logical Heart Knows Best

I’m so thankful we have a balcony! I spent hours out there today writing, reading, drinking tea, and even had breakfast outside. It got windy on me and the gusts were fluttering the notebook papers wildly. I had my sunglasses on the table and the wind blew them off. I was nestled in the corner which protected me from the whips of wailing wind.

I fantasized about growing some plants and putting some trellis up out there. I have some planters I rescued from being discarded by people moving out last year. I’ll look for some dirt and seeds when I grocery shop. I want to make an inviting writer’s space. An oasis on the balcony. I’d really like to get a bean bag for out there so I can lounge too, lol. The plushest bean bag I’ve luxuriated in was a Lovesac Pillow Sac at the store in Park Meadows Mall. I didn’t want to get up, it was like sitting in a big warm hug. It cost hundreds of dollars though, omg, for a bean bag, lol!

I did the next journal exercise from One Year to a Writing Life which was to write for 10 mins a story about the mandala we drew.

Everyday Enchantment

I was feeling so thankful that the grocery store finally had fresh organic produce. It’s been in short supply of late. The pandemic has everything uncertain and in upheaval.

The news confuses us evermore with each passing day. The whole world is being challenged. We’re collectively anxiously wondering, “Will life ever be the same again?”

That’s why a simple thing I usually take for granted like organic celery is so precious to me. It signals that there is hope.

There’s still food flowing, there is yet stability. At least we are safe and nourished in the interim while everything shifts daily beneath our feet.

As I peeled apart the crisp celery rinsing it vigorously under the full stream of cold water, I was gleefully surprised and enchanted by the revealing of the Groot like center stalk.

It was a small, lighthearted miracle. That’s when I decided that no matter how things changed I could always find beauty, delight, and miracles in the most mundane, simple things.

I was fortunate, held, and loved beyond measure always. It is evident in every breath I take.

Alive, breathing, seeing, feeling, sensing, touching, being……

I’m enjoying all of this writing, reading, and soaking in the fresh air on the balcony. I am so thankful. I also began working on a Facebook social learning group. I feel so accomplished when I dive in and try something new. All I have to do is go online and there are tutorials for everything!

Learning something new never fails to enliven me and build my confidence. It’s so easy to do these days, we can learn something new pretty much instantly these days. How cool is that?

Michelle Miyagi
Hi! I was an RN, BSN in mental/behavioral health for 27 years. Now I'm helping empower caring people like me to prioritize themselves by maintaining healthier boundaries for more freedom, peace, and joy. I am also active in Long Covid advocacy.

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