If you have read this blog long enough, you may know I ponder the subject of Living Life on Purpose once in awhile. What brought it to mind this time? I'm reading through The Gentle art of Domesticity by Jane Brocket again. A book which definitely sparks all kinds of pondering about living and beauty and all things... well... domestic.
I suppose the change of seasons also triggered such thinking, autumn especially causes me to think of another passing year and how time goes by so quickly. How my list of things to do this summer only has a few items checked off and now it is September and school has started.
My Jewish and Messianic friends have the right idea, the new year should begin each autumn. As I pondered... I wondered... and sure enough, Rosh Hashanah... the new year... is just around the corner. Perhaps my inner time clock is in Hebrew. :)
Jane's book reminds me of the beauty in that which is part of our everyday life. Just recently I was sitting in the Lazy Boy looking through the French door windows and thinking how pretty the deck was. I had moved a few plants from the front porch to the deck, placing the cascading geranium plant on one table and the others adding depth to a corner.
The red umbrella on the smaller table near the window has been open most days these past couple of weeks, adding color and its' own beauty to the scenery. I realized as I viewed the scene that day that it has a rather bistro look... not intentional but perhaps subconscious... quite lovely. I had thought about putting the umbrella away so it wouldn't fade but decided I'd rather enjoy the color it provided in a world of green, especially as the flowers were fading.
My attention was drawn to movement on the deck as a chipmunk scurried from under the grill to the table and then down the stairs. Just a short time earlier a squirrel had popped in and out of the flower pots. If I could speak fluent squirrel, I would guide him to the black walnut tree where he is free to take all his little heart desired.
I think part of living life on purpose is about taking the time to really look at our surroundings. Home needs someone to view the house as a canvas for creativity and domestic art. Perhaps I'll write more about what I'm learning from Jane's book as the week continues.
If you're interested in other posts I've written about Living Life on Purpose, you can find some... here. Is it terrible to read what you wrote months and years ago and think those were good ponderings? :)
Oh... thanks for the comments about the new header picture. It is the view from the end of my gravel lane, should I decide to turn west. This was taken last autumn, just as the color of the trees were becoming a little muted. I also added Autumn Leaves as the first song on my Play List.
Added: Yes, the link will show this post first since it is the most recent with the Living Life on Purpose label. :)