Sabbatical gratitude

Sabbatical is…

  • being mindful
  • being quiet
  • being with
  • breathing fresh ocean air deep into my lungs
  • considering the wisdom of my spiritual teachers
  • creating memories of joy
  • delighting in perfect peaches at the Des Moines Farmer’s Market
  • eating handmade chocolates in Joseph, Oregon
  • flying above the clouds
  • gathering with my cousins for Kuz Kamp reunion at our family lake cabin
  • getting splashed by my nephews as they jumped into the lake
  • hearing stories of hope from a German friend
  • hiking in the Wallowa mountains with a great friend
  • holding a baby
  • laughing with dear friends in a beautiful home on Cape Cod
  • listening
  • napping on couches and beds in the summer heat
  • narrating Dr. Seuss’s There’s a Wocket in my Pocket to Zella at bedtime
  • opening myself to moments of inspiration on a lakeside bench
  • paddling down the St. Croix River with Seth, Zella and Yeti
  • pedaling for hours on the Gateway, Sakatah and Cape Cod Rail Trails
  • playing games with my family
  • reading novels recommended by friends
  • remembering who I am and the people who have loved me into being
  • sailing and kayaking on Lake Francis
  • shoveling dirt on an organic farm
  • sitting on the top of a butte in the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve and enjoying the marvelous vista
  • slowing down to hear the bird song serenade at Lake McKusick
  • swimming, swimming everywhere
  • teaching Zella how to float in the lake
  • trying lobster for the first time
  • waking up to the sight of goats and llamas out my window
  • walking with friends under an expansive blue sky
  • watching strawberry juice drip down Zella’s chin and arms at the berry farm
  • witnessing my brother’s parenting prowess
  • writing to clarify what I care about most

In sum, sabbatical has been a gift of time set apart for joy and for the expansion of my soul.  I am overwhelmed with gratitude for those of you who made this time possible and for those of you who shared this time with me.

Thank you!


What are you thinking?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s