Yesterday afternoon, I had a choice. I could sit at my desk and get some work done. Or I could lay on the floor with my girl. She was stretched out on the hardwood floor in a patch of sun and she said, “Now I know why K likes to lay here”. I wanted to be at my desk, wanted to write…because I knew we were heading out in a bit for her ballet class. But I also wanted to be with her. So I lay down, right alongside her. The sun felt so good. The back door was open (we’re enjoying mild temps before the cold returns this weekend) and a breeze blew over us. Even on the hardwood floor, there was softness. The Beatles were playing. There were corn muffins in the oven for our dinner later that evening. We talked, giggled, sang.
It was maybe just fifteen minutes, lying like that. But it was awesome. I was reminded how good it feels to make a conscious choice. On another day, the better choice for me might be to sit down at the desk and get work done. But the best choice for me yesterday was to sprawl alongside my girl. In the sun. Just like the pup does.
I was reminded of our conversation last week. Of moving in waves. This has been on my mind a lot. Trying to live a life with intention means that I constantly check in with myself. I don’t have it all figured out, whatever It All is. As a reader here and, if you’re someone who’s taken any of my classes, you know I understand this as a practice. An ongoing practice that never really ends. Some days I get it right. Some days I totally screw up. But I keep trying. I come back to center again and again. And, sometimes, getting to center is no small feat. But eventually, I circle back and round and in.
Whether creating art or creating home or creating spreadsheets, we all make choices as we move through our days. These choices lead us in various directions. But eventually, if we listen and if we pay attention, we circle back. We come center. We come home. We sprawl on the hardwood floor and let the late afternoon sun warm our bodies.
Sending a little love your way, m
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