Tuesday, September 28, 2010

smelling the coffee...

morningstop

Long before my daughter was born, mornings were my time.  I'd get up, exercise, and sit alone with my bowl of cereal and cup of coffee, reading a book or a magazine and enjoying the peace and silence.  Occasionally I still manage to have those moments to myself but they are fewer and farther between, yet even more sweet because of their rarity.

Recently I've been overwhelmed by schedules and the need to check items off my list and feel productive, and it's been at the expense of my health and spiritual well-being.  We live in a GO society, but when I look back at my life it is the slower, sweeter times I remember, not necessarily the times of busyness or the striving for achievement.

So my mantra right now is STOP, presented to me like a gift on a plate as I took that moment to myself on a morning walk recently.

And doesn't this exquisite photo by Julie Alvarez evoke that same feeling of slowing down time?  I love that it represents her "breakfast for two" after their little lady is dropped at school (and doesn't steam create amazing shapes?  reminds me of this....).  Those are the moments whose images will live in our memory, whether or not it was captured in a photograph.

cheers,
mosey

27-04-2010 Nuestro desayuno / Our breakfast
Nuestro desayuno by Julie Alvarez

19 comments:

Suki said...

beautiful words and images!!! love your post!

Kat said...

Love the light in both posts. That capture of the steam and rays of light by Julie is amazing!

And Miles To Go... said...

beautiful. What could be better than sunshine and coffee?

Patricia said...

Love this post. All of it...the words and the photos. That light is amazing. I'm so jealous (yes, I admit it) of those who have sunlight that pierces through the windows in the morning. Wonder if I could turn my house on its foundations. Probably not.

urban muser said...

love it all, and couldn't agree more with your "stop" mantra. great post!

Tammy Lee said...

Ahhh, yes... being able to stop or at least say no. *sigh* I would love to sit at that table right now, read a good book and stop to smell the coffee. Great post. :)

aclamp said...

so true, we really must learn to stop & enjoy life..something i'm personally working on right now. julie's image is so charming!

lisabythebay said...

so true! love the light in both shots.

love your blog!!!!!

lisa

Carola Bartz said...

Oh, I love this post, both words and photos. I'm a true lover of mornings, it certainly is my time. I love the "stop" mantra!

AnnGeeDee said...

I love the stop images. I think I need to put up stop signs all through the house so we'll be reminded to take a breath and enjoy the moment. Here's the first one I'll start with: http://www.flickr.com/photos/40070449@N08/4524886110/

Jan said...

Thanks for the reminder. I agree with AnnGeeDee... I need some stop signs. :)

michel said...

*sigh* stop. so simple and wonderful. both images are slowing my breath right now. awesome.

maureen said...

beautiful images both of them, the light is amazing. And that is some sign you were presented with.
♥ maureen

Expressions By Christine said...

Warmth inside and out! Perfect ways to STOP and enjoy. Wonderful images! :o)

Jamie said...

I love those kind of slow meditative mornings, why don't I remember how awesome they are more often.

Kirstin Mckee said...

Such thought-provoking images. Lovely.

The Kenney Family said...

makes me want some~

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I like slow, but often get caught up in whatever and find myself clenched. Then it is time for a reminder, like your photo. Both images are lovely.

cindy said...

great capture of the steam, i can almost smell the coffee!

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