Thursday, January 31, 2013

Just Today

Be reverent before 
the dawning day.
Do not think of what
will be in a year, 
or in ten years.  

Think of today.

~ Romain Rolland,
Nobel Laureate

One of the things that
I love about living
across the street from
a large body of water
is the daily show of
sunrises and sunsets.

They are nearly
always magnificent.

Especially in the
winter season.

I'm not sure if it
is the reflection from
the snow and ice, the
angle of the earth to
the sun this time of 
year or what, exactly, 
makes the dawn and
dusk so lovely.

It just is.

I appreciate the wee 
hours most when I'm not 
rushing off to a pre-dawn 
exercise class, important
as they are.  On exercise
mornings I'm barely awake
and am simply focused on
getting ready and out
the door.

But the other 

The ones where I
am the first to rise,
the house dark and

Those are the days
when I truly feel

reverent before the

Ordinary routines that
remind me of my
extraordinary blessings.

Flipping on lights
here and there, I'm very
thankful that we live
in a house with electricity.

So many in this
world do not.

Turning on the fireplace
to ease the night's chill,
I am grateful for this
warm shelter.

So many suffer on
the streets.

Tossing the first load of
laundry in the washer, I
still have to pinch myself,
after all of these years,
to believe that I have a
husband and children
to care for.

So many are alone.

Grinding the coffee
beans, putting water in
the machine, I move
softly around the kitchen,
enjoying a few more
minutes of peace 
and silence.  

I think how lucky we are
 to simply turn a tap that
delivers pure cold or
hot water.

There are places on this
earth where many poor
souls do not have this
basic necessity.

I imagine all the men and
women who labor on the
coffee farms to bring forth
a rich harvest of beans.

I'm so grateful for
their hard work.

At this time of day, I
don't worry about next
year or ten years 
from now.  

I am just here, with my
coffee, with my thoughts
and my gratitude and the
blossoming day, 
like the gift that 
it always is.

Thank you for sharing
it with me, today.



de colores said...

Thank you!

A Vintage Chic said...

Aaaahhhhh.....such soothing words at the beginning of another beautiful morning.

I do have reverence for the morning. I love it. I wake up earlier than I need to in order to feel the stillness, the beautiful helps me be ready for the rest of the day, and I'm always so grateful for it.

Thank-you for sharing your thoughts so very beautifully, dear friend...


Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I needed this....the calm beauty, the reminder to savor the here and now. My family lost a very precious member two days ago, and since then we have been gathering from across the country to come together to honor her life and memory. In the midst of the heart wrenching sorrow we are savoring every moment with each other, some of us only get to see one another once a year and some even longer than that.

Thank you or giving me a little strength to go and spend another day trying to offer a smidgen of comfort to my family who is hurting so badly. With the strength of family, friends, love and of course God all things are possible.

Have a blessed day Suzanne

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a wonderful way to start each day...I love the quote and am going to take it to heart. Your SO beautiful photos and words really spoke to me today and made me feel peaceful and content...thank you, my friend!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

What a heart full of gratitude you have!
I love my early mornings too, before the house wakes up and the day gets going. I will be thinking of you tomorrow when I grind my beans and fill the pot with clean water.

Susan T said...

I share your thoughts. Just as I turn on a tap very often, or open a fridge or cupboard to decide what to make for a meal, I think of those without warm homes and enough food and water. You are right of course each day IS a blessing and we should treat it as such.

NanaDiana said...

Suzanne- You said perfectly what I think about in the mornings. I love living in the moment-especially those early morning moments when I am alone-just me and God...and I cherish the moment of living a wonderful life- GREAT post! xo Diana

Bonnie said...

Yes, the faithfulness of God and HIS MAGNIFICENCE is so evident in the rising and setting of the sun each day.

Your words are so beautiful and meaningful. I hear your sweet heart and soul.

pollydove said...

This is beautiful. Beautiful words, beautiful images - that SKY!!! Oh my, the glory of God's earth is amazing. Gratitude. To realize our blessings is a gift too! You are a beautiful soul ... xoxo

Shelly W. said...

Oh, Suzanne. Yes. This. This is what I needed to read today. Thank you.

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

We live across from water on two sides and I swear the sunrises and sunsets are the better for it too! I'd like to say that I'm like you in the morning, but alas, I've never been a morning person. I basically stumble my way through the first part of the morning while I get everyone off to school. It's not until I'm driving home after dropping the kids off that I have some quiet time to myself where I usually check in with God and say thanks for the day. My word for the year is thankful and I try to remind myself of that many times throughout the day. It's not always easy to feel thankful, even though we absolutely SHOULD.

Sherri B. said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and words..I so needed to be reminded of these things right now. xo

Olive said...

Thank YOU for writing this Suzanne. Unfortunately it takes me many cups of coffee to have a grateful attitude.

Farmgirl Paints said...

I never take a sunrise or sunset for granted. What a gift. And so is gratitude. Love your thankful heart.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Such gorgeous images! And lovely words to go with them too.

I often think that we get to enjoy sunrises and sunsets so much more in the winter because of all the leafless trees and truly being able to see the sky.

doodles n daydreams said...

Suzanne, thank you for sharing such beautiful photographs and thoughts with us.


michele said...

ahhhhh the pink sky! have i mentioned i associate it with my nieces. it's an easy cue to remind me to pray for them. thanks for treating us to your bliss.



susan@avintagefarmwife said...

I love the morning, too! Your post makes me thing of the Andy Stanley sermon I listened to this afternoon about giving from our excess. We have SOOOO much excess, don't we? Thinking I need to meditate on that thought!

Jemsmom said...

Gorgeous photos! You have such a way with words. You always make me think and I love that! Thank you.

Hindustanka said...

Suzanne you told about valuing the things we have in life so beautifully...I realized these things when I shifted to India, seeing rich and poor, living the life in which I have EVERYTHING I need and want.I ask whether it's my responsibility to make all around happy? NO, but my heart aches for those who have no shelter, no food, no money..

Gina Howie said...

Such beautiful pictures and amazing words. Loved the calm peaceful mood -true grace.
Thank you!

Sheila said...

I always love your pretty pictures and wonderful soft, gentle words.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

And thank you for sharing your time with ME the other day. It is always a pleasure to see your beautiful face Suzanne, and I too am grateful for a roof over my head, especially when the elements in our part of the country can be so brutal, as if was YESTERDAY! WOW!

Warmer days ahead my dear, Anita

Julie said...

Perfectly Said. Gratitude swells up and expresses itself out of our hearts. There is where ALL the issues of life will be met, and dealt with. How will I respond??? Your post is beautiful, along with the pictures, which bring silent oohs and ahhs from me. :-) I LOVE to look out my window, which faces the sunRISE each morning and occasionally get the most amazing and AWE-inspiring rose/magenta/peach/amber show in the sky. It is a moment that this post...That God is still alive and well, working, weaving and displaying HIS majesty in this world. ((HUGS)) to you dear Suzanne. Enjoy your weekend! xoxo

Mary Timmers said...


Such beautiful reminders that the day is new with all its blessings. I too love that time of day, except that you won't find me in any pre-dawn exercise class! You go girl!

In addition to the coffe and calm, I read from a little book called
"Jesus Calling" Each morning He speaks words of comfort and truth to me. Perfect!


Darjeeling said...

How beautiful. You have an amazing life, and your home...with that body of water so near, and full of warmth and love - ah, it must be magnificent.

Palomasea said...

First of all, sweet and beautiful friend...what a pleasure and honor it was to meet you!
Thank you and dear Anita for welcoming me to your cozy coffee was such a treat for me.
And this post...splendid as always...
from the stunning photos to your wise thoughts...indeed, so much to be grateful for...
Hugs and love,
- Irina

Sylvia said...

I love your soul... and your words - they show the value of being aware, present and grateful! Seeing the gift of the ordinary day is what makes us spiritual. Thank you for being you!

patty said...

you are so right.
so many blessings.
so much to be thankful for.


{beautiful pics!}

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I love your grateful heart! Your photos are just gorgeous :) I'm knees deep in scrapbooking right now, so not in the blogging world much right now. But enjoying every post from you in my inbox, nonetheless. XOL

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Stitchfork said...

Been sharing some of those beautiful sunsets here with you Suzanne!

Janice Tutone said...

Beautifully said! Sometimes we take for granted the little conveniences in our homes. X

Diane Mars said...

So beautiful and so true I am very thankful for my life ox, Diane

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Please write a novel, Suzanne.

Your words always know just the perfect way to slide into our hearts and minds making us appreciate life and the little things that truly do matter.


Life with Kaishon said...

Living next to a body of water is a very great thing. I LOVE your morning view. I could almost smell the coffee.

Gretchen said...

Beautiful photos Suzanne and such a blessed family you have to be in a household with such a thankful lady... Many don't ever arrive at this point of gratefulness in their entire lifetime. You've become such a blessing for so many of us bloggers through your thoughts, words and talent for conveying little messages to each one of us. To be so deeply intune of the blessings we each have and may take for granted on a daily basis is truly something that God has worked in your life and laid on your heart. Thankfulness is such a true blessing, and you've challenged me to continue to take notice of the little things and find thankfulness in them as well as the big things in life.
Through my facebook pages I've been sharing little blessings and reminders that I've been noticing lately, and interestingly enough this week God has dropped two hearts in my path, which remind me of His love for me, as well as my Mom's love for me from heaven. One was a silly chicken nugget from Wendy's that I shouldn't of been eating, shaped in a perfect heart. lol The other was when I decided to go out and shovel our driveway and when I finished their on the blacktop was a perfectly shaped heart in the form of a small ice clump. :) Just reminds me to be thankful... I actually have created a line of jewelry using heart shaped rocks called "Gifts From Above" that I find or have purchased to wire wrap and redesign with. There is a connection with hearts, rocks and blue birds that comfort me each time I see them, when I still grieve and miss my Mom in this life. She is still in my heart and I believe the Lord drops little gifts along my path to comfort me in my daily walk with Him.

Lili said...

So beautifully illustrated Suzanne. The fireplace one just popped from the page! And you write so well, but I always get distracted by beautiful photography. I could smell those coffee beans and feel the bite of the outside air of your morning sunrise. xoxo