All day long I thought “Should I blog today?” I have some great leftover bright sky photos. Sunshine photos.
But is it cheating to keep publishing blue sky photos when it’s gray and lightly snowing?
And if one doesn’t really have anything much to say…would it be better for all involved to keep the lips sealed and not babble on a blog?
Someone emailed a delightful Hafiz poem this morning. Called “If it is not too dark”. I smiled to read it. Hafiz, for those of you unfamiliar with this Rumi-like legend, lived in the 1300’s in Persia. He loved God. I may show you this poem if I run out of things to share.
Nancy called this afternoon to convince me to try cross-country skiing once again. After last winter’s fall on my tail bone, I’m a little nervous to return to slippery slopes. However, she has–just about–convinced me that flat landscape does exist in our area. I have–tentatively–agreed to join her on an expedition one of these weeks.
She said, “You must get outside and get some physical exercise.”
What? Haven’t I been clear enough in these blogs? I AM going outside. Almost every day during this month of January. However, physical exercise has been limited to meandering walks. (My FAVORITE kind of physical exercise!)
Today’s outdoor meandering occurred on our property. Not too long. Certainly not a full half hour. I would have gone outside a second time, but the mailman kindly delivered our gift of oranges and grapefruit to the front door. (Thank you, Georgia Mom!!)
Other inside activities: 1) Reading. 2) More reading. 3) computerizing. 4) More computerizing, especially cataloguing and pruning photos from last year’s adventures. I just finished July. 5) A trip to town with many errands, including a cup of delicious coffee at Espresso on Main in downtown LA. That would be downtown L’Anse. 6) Vacuuming. 7) Making Thai Curry for dinner. 8) Stacking extra wood near the stove down the basement in preparation for filling the wood room. 9) Baking cookies. Just remembered! Thanks to Gerry at Torch Lake Views for jogging that afternoon memory.
OK, that’s todays news! Those of you who have stuck patiently through the reporting may now luxuriate in Hafiz.
If It Is Not Too Dark
Go for a walk, if it is not too dark.
Get some fresh air, try to smile.
Say something kind
To a safe-looking stranger, if one happens by.
Always exercise your heart’s knowing.
You might as well attempt something real
Along this path:
Take your spouse or lover into your arms
The way you did when you first met.
Let tenderness pour from your eyes
The way the Sun gazes warmly on the earth.
Play a game with some children.
Extend yourself to a friend.
Sing a few ribald songs to your pets and plants –
Why not let them get drunk and wild!
Every rung we’ve climbed on Evolution’s ladder.
Whisper, “I love you! I love you!”
To the whole mad world.
Let’s stop reading about God –
We will never understand Him.
Jump to your feet, wave your fists,
Threaten and warn the whole Universe
That your heart can no longer live
Without real love!
~ Hafiz ~