ridiculously lovely

I am writing, writing, writing.  Lists and questions and rambling scribbles.  Which sounds rather friendly, don’t you think, rambling scribbles?  I like the sound of that, the freedom implied—at least to my ears, my eyes, my heart.  The freedom to carry on as long, or as short, as I like.  To write with abandon, messy or neat, little or big, insightful or dull.  To write for the sake of writing feels good.

I am not making photographs, have not been with any regularity for a while now.  I don’t know what to make of this, the not making in this realm.  It’s odd to not do something that I know offers me pleasure and clarity and expression.  But there it is, the not doing.

There is snow on the ground, still, and this makes me happy.  Below freezing temperatures for days on end.  Though the sun shines brightly, patches of snow do not melt.  It stays, it sticks, it settles.

I order new washi tape in colors atypical for me.  Pinks, soft blues, touches of gold.  Pretty, ridiculously pretty.  Instead of using only the tapes left over from the teen journaling class I taught two years ago, I have treated myself to something new, something lovely, something just for me.

I sit with questions, which is nothing new, really.  These questions are companions, if I let them be.  Can I let them be lovely, like the washi tape?  Can I let them settle inside me, not melt in the brightness of life?  Can I let these questions do nothing but make their presence known, nothing more, nothing less, no answers responses solutions?  Can I see how ridiculously lovely a practice this might be?

Faith is a state of openness or trust.
~ Alan Watts ~

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8 thoughts on “ridiculously lovely

  1. Michelle THIS is so lovely… thank you:

    Can I let them be lovely, like the washi tape? Can I let them settle inside me, not melt in the brightness of life? Can I let these questions do nothing but make their presence known, nothing more, nothing less, no answers responses solutions? Can I see how ridiculously lovely a practice this might be?

    And a thought…
    Have you considered a subscription? I KNOW it’s the thing and you’re doing your own thing (brava and thank goodness).
    But a community where we commit to meeting monthly for the whole year might be the commitment folks need to show up. A discount for the annual cost, and no commitment by the month, cancel anytime. And more…. What else would they have access to for joining your Quiet Page Community?

    Hope these nudgey ideas might be helpful…. Big vugs, L. ❤

    1. Thank you, Laura…for your kind words…and your ‘nudgey ideas’! (I’m actually introducing a new support for TQP in the February Note which comes out in a couple days!!!) ❤️

  2. The washi tape is pretty! Though thinking about it I’m not exactly sure what washi tape is for, I have vague thoughts of it as posh sellotape. I’m not taking photos either , but I need the space after the 365 to not do. It will come back as the weather improves, I hope, I know!

    1. Posh sellotape is a good description, yes! I use the tape to make my pages look pretty (or fun)…a strip or two, or three ;) Sometimes I use the washi to tape in little notes or pictures I’ve clipped. If you want, I could find a page not too personal and email you a photo.

      I’ve done 365s before and I definitely understand needing a little space afterwards. Those projects can be intense! I’ve no doubt you’ll be back out there sooner rather than later ❤️

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