As soon as 5pm rolls around we begin the call for the Wild, that is we start calling for our kitty, Pablo to get his butt inside. Our home sits atop a hillside of vacant open space dotted with live oaks, bay laurels and sagebrush. Pablo loves to pretend he's the neighborhood lion roaming this wild land. Between sleeping in the sun on our deck and stalking amongst the high grasses, it's his own feline shangri la. On any given day we'll see deer, hawks, owls, an occasional fox and coyotes. The latter is why we make sure that Pablo is in before the real wildlife comes to prey. So when he's not milling around the back door by evening, I start my search.
Have you ever wished your brain was an etch-a-sketch, where you could simply shake your head and your mind would once again be blank? There are some things you simply can't un-see, un-hear, or un-know. This week we received some troubling news about the health of my mom. While we're all suspended in the limbo of waiting to hear the diagnostics results, there's been a flurry of future-tripping thoughts clogging the synapses. At the same time that dang Taylor Swift song keeps replaying in my head, reminding me to "Shake it Off". When life shakes us up, it's important to draw on these simple techniques to keep from getting knocked off our axis:
At a very young age, as early as I can remember, my eyes have always tilted upward, seeking..almost expecting wonder to sneak up and tickle me from out of the expansive blue sky. As children we hold wonder like a cup of warm cocoa with marshmallows, whipped cream..and sprinkles! Tiny hands cupping it near to us always situated at the heart's center, as the children's version of Namaste.