wednesday's whimsy : living LIVEly

  Wednesday, 9.22.10

i came across this photo of myself semi-recently,
which was snapped by my dear sa-weeeeet friend & talented photog Em back in 2001.

two things happened after seeing it :
one ~ a ginormous smile was planted on my face, as well as a good laugh out loud.
two ~ i thought to myself how some things never change.

this image was taken in my home away from home,,, Florence, Italia. a place & a time where i can FULLy say that i was living quite LIVEly.
there is a guiltless magic about Europe that just allows you to have no need for time & to fully enjoy the NOW. to fully just BE.
to remember to stop, smile BIG & smell the breeze...

so today, as i race around trying to accomplish my daily million-and-one-to-do's,,,
and see the leaves bursting in color, floating all around me,,,
and realize that summer is no more -- fall is here, now,,, right now.

i realize again that the choice to stop & take it all in is mine. as it is yours.
as it is ours.

truth be told, we all have our plates full for so many different & unique reasons...
but all that really matters is this one life we are LIVE-ing,
or as David Gray would say,
'It don't come down to nothing,
except loooooooooooooove in the end.'

so today, i challenge you to ask yourself...

are you living LIVEly?
are you living FULLy?

and even better yet,

are you ready to SHINE???

and with that note,,,
i leave you with a song & lyrics from the uber inspiring David Gray
that always manages to sing to my heartstrings.

I can see it in your eyes
What I know in my heart is true
That our love it has faded
Like the summer run through
So we'll walk down the shoreline
One last time together
Feel the wind blow our wanderin' hearts Like a feather
But who knows what's waiting
In the wings of time
Dry your eyes
We gotta go where we can shine

Don't be hiding in sorrow
Or clinging to the past
With your beauty so precious
And the season so fast
No matter how cold the horizon appear
Or how far the first night
When I held you near
You gotta rise from these ashes
Like a bird of flame
Step out of the shadow
We've gotta go where we can shine

For all that we struggle
For all we pretend
It don't come down to nothing
Except loooooove in the end

And ours is a road
That is strewn with goodbyes
But as it unfolds
As it all unwinds
Remember your soul is the one thing
You just can't compromise

Take my hand
We're gonna go where we can shine
We're gonna go where we can shine
We're gonna go where we can shine

(and look, and look)
Through the windows of midnight
Moonfoam and silver

wishing you LIVEly & happy "wednesday's whimsy" !

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