Category Archives: Random Thoughts & Contemplations

Morning Has Broken

I awake to the sound of rain gently pattering on the rooftop above me

birdsong drifts in through my open window

My eyes open to a dreary light

no sunrise with the rain 

outside is drab and colorless, oh how I long for the return of green

As I stare out the window, a chaotic mess of tangled, twisted tree branches greets me

they seem to mirror my busy, scattered thoughts on this a.m

But I focus on the bird sounds

breathe in the fresh air wafting in through the window

I feel grateful the temperature is mild enough to even have the window open

grateful for ears to hear the bird’s sweet voices

grateful for the breath in my lungs

Traffic sounds increase, people who’ve awoken before me and are already in their cars hurrying off to their various places

I wonder if they heard the birds singing upon arising, or instead awoke to the blaring sound of an alarm clock

I feel grateful once again

grateful that I can awake gently, according to my own body clock 

Church bells ring in the distance

one noisy sparrow looks in at me through the window and begins squawking at me, as if saying “Get up, get up, early bird catches the worm!”

I have no worms that need catching, but I could use some coffee

and there’s a hungry cat meowing outside my door

So I arise

Morning has broken

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2019

 

I have no photo to share with this, but a song comes to mind…

Everything is a song…

 

Be blessed and have a lovely day!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Silent Sunday – Paddling Down Memory Lane

 

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Thoughts on a Monday

 

Don’t let your dreams

get crowded out by weeds

Clear away the debris 

and set them free

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2018

 

I know my little rhyme is a bit on the cheesy side, but it’s what sprang to mind when I noticed my blue rock with the word Dream carved on it getting crowded by weeds in my garden…

I like to keep a more natural look to my garden, and actually allow some of what are considered to be ‘weeds’ grow in my garden.  But I have a few weeds crowding out my dreams in the garden of my life right now and I’m feeling like it might be time to do some weeding there.

Now, to figure out how to go about doing that…

Any ideas?  How do you ‘clear away the debris’?

 

Just some thoughts for you on a Monday…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Music Monday – Happy New Year

Few videos are more inspiring for me to watch than time lapse nature photography set to music, and this one seems fitting as the “sunset” on 2017 has come and we celebrate the “dawning” of 2018.  Happy New Year my friends, may it be filled with wonderful, beautiful, inspiring things for you!  

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Mosaics

 

“We are mosaics-

pieces of light, love, history, stars-

glued together

with magic and music and words.”

~ Anita Krizzan

 

I came across the above quote the other day while out shopping with my daughter and granddaughter and it brought tears to my eyes.  I don’t know why, but it just really struck a chord.

I’ve been running a bit on empty these days, working at two different jobs and only having one day off per week.  But I have found a few moments here and there along the way to fill my tank.  Coming across this quote was one of them, it stopped me right in my tracks  – I don’t ever want to get so busy that I lose sight of what a miraculous gift life truly is…  Every. Single. Breath…

Wishing you moments of beauty, awareness and discovery as you go through this day…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Change is in the Air

 

Change is in the air

new adventures around the bend

Beauty awaits

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2017

 

Beauty was definitely awaiting around this bend in the form of the lovely falls in my last post.  But aside from all of the beautiful colors of autumn and the changing of the seasons, change is also in the air for me as I start a new job tomorrow.  Hopefully a bit of beauty awaits me there too.  It will certainly be a new adventure, as I haven’t worked since 2010.  I’m nervous and excited as I look forward to learning some new skills, meeting new people, and making a bit of extra money in the process.  There’s beauty to be found in all those things – although they’re not necessarily things we usually associate beauty with, they can be.  It’s all about our perspective, right?

May all life’s changes be filled with a bit of beauty and adventure!

Many blessings to all of you in the coming week…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Can’t Rush the Sunrise

“We cannot rush the sunrise
or pay to bring on the full moon.
Everything will happen when it’s supposed to happen.”

~ Iyanla Vanzant

 And do you know what was “supposed to happen” (and did happen) on the day I captured this beautiful sunrise?  The total solar eclipse.  🌚

It was absolutely glorious, and it happened all on its own without any coaxing or involvement on our part.

There’s a hidden metaphor in here somewhere, I know it!  😉

By the way, it’s almost a full moon, and we don’t have to pay anything to see it…

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Monday – or whatever day it may be when you “happen” to come across this.  ❤

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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