With your help, I made a list of words that may act as mindfulness prompts throughout the day. I'm in the midst of working on a little project with them that I'll share soon, but their magic is already afoot. This morning before the sun was fully up, my daughter asked a frequent question: "What's your favorite color today?" As her faves shift daily, she often wonders if mine will too. However, when I gave her my same rote response (in a very groggy voice) she exclaimed "How come you never say yellow, Mama? It's a very happy color!" I quickly added yellow, feeling somehow guilty that I had rejected "happy". As I went about our morning, I couldn't help but think how being present in the moment is tied into being welcoming... welcoming of new colors for the day, welcoming of the unexpected.
A few hours later, I found myself walking under this tree. If you could have seen my smile! Could there be more happy yellow than this?! Oh yes, yellow is today's favorite color!
I had been out and about, and when I returned home to publish my already written blog post, it was gone. My little tapioca pudding post had disappeared (another time, perhaps!). I could feel my usual response rising to the surface, and I remembered the ginkgo tree... the welcoming of the unforseen. I looked through the photos and grabbed my ginkgo stamp and some lovely yellow ink...
I have much to learn, but I will try to remember to embrace each moment and to welcome new thoughts, colors, and the changes of plans into each day.