I shop at farmer’s markets when I can, and love to support small businesses, especially local ones. My house looks like Etsy collided with a thrift store. I love books, tea, shared laughter, milk chocolate, hats, old photographs, vintage handkerchiefs, pretty dishes, and just about anything miniature.
I believe we are created for a purpose and I want to look back at my life and know that I made people feel like they mattered.
I once looked up the Latin phrase “carpe diem” on a whim; mostly because my children study Latin and I’ve gotten curious about Latin-derived phrases that we frequently use in English. It does mean “seize the day,” but it’s more than that. Instead of a militaristic grabbing, it’s more of a “grasp the joys of each day” or savor each day.
In writing this blog, that is what is in the back of my mind. I’ve never had difficulty finding things to delight in through my days. That doesn’t mean each day is perfect or rosy or that I don’t go through periods where things are dark and heavy. I definitely have bad days and depressing seasons. Everyone does.
Robert Louis Stevenson has a short little poem that crops up in children’s poetry collections quite often. It goes:
The world is so full of a number of things,
I’m sure we should all be happy as kings.Robert Louis Stevenson
I resonated with this early on in my life. I have a curious nature, and there are so many wondrous, beautiful, interesting things in this world.
What about you?