“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink,
taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each."
— Henry David Thoreau
Last year I read ‘The Happiness Project’ by Gretchen Rubin, she writes about how she puts herself through a year of challenges to try to increase her happiness, focussing on different areas of life each month, such as work, family, friends… it’s an interesting and thought provoking read. She has a blog/website that you can check out. I have signed up to receive a daily happiness quote by email. The Thoreau quote above is one of these.
The quote struck a chord with me, maybe because I feel as though my life has entered a different season… for the longest time I’ve been the mother of little kids who seemed to need me all the time; now I’m the mother of big kids who just need me for food and chauffeuring!! It’s a big change that’s caused me a surprising amount of heartache as well as the thrill of a little more freedom.
At the moment every time I open my sketch book I end up drawing women with wings, I think it has a lot to do with this opening up of possibilities.
And a haiku!
Waiting for pizza
a flock of birds swoop and loop
I wish for wings.