An Evolving Life. Time To Smell The Leaves
Time To Smell The Leaves
These days we’re busier than ever. Beyond whatever work we do, every other moment is maximized to the fullest. Aside from taking care of our physical selves—health, exercise, clothing, meals, hair, nails—we must keep up with current events, the precarious political state of our country, the latest Netflix or Amazon series, and then there is the constant upkeep of our homes.
Last week, we finally managed to replace our fogged, drafty picture windows which provide our daily view and define the look of our house. It took a few years to figure out how to do so at an affordable price without disfiguring its curb appeal. Next there’s a 30-year old bathroom plus a kitchen to update. And on the horizon, a new roof with solar panels, although it’s not leaking yet.
Yes, the list goes on and on… So when do we find time to reflect and meditate on all that we accomplish? To nourish our emotional and spiritual selves? To bask in the sunshine of all that we have? Isn’t progress what counts, not perfection?
After the tumultuous weeks before and after the election, and as Thanksgiving approaches, I’m recalling this image taken years back. It’s a reminder to take time to slow down, to reflect, to savor the deep reds and oranges, the bright yellows; the crisp apples and succulent pears; the mashed potatoes, even all that butter. And yes to smell all those leaves….but don’t forget, it’s also time to rake!
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An Evolving Life Series
Time To Smell The Leaves (This one)
I have had the good fortune of knowing Meryl Spiegel for many years. We met during my BNB days when she was referred to me as a resource for a specific type of photography I was searching for. I also knew her as a writer. Over the years, I have been impressed with Meryl’s talent and creativity, and the honesty of her work. When Meryl began to sketch, paint, work with pastels, she truly overlaid one talent on top of another. The layers were intriguing. I reached out to Meryl recently because I thought that the Hummingbird audience would appreciate her work, and value her process. They say that timing is everything, and in this case it was, because Meryl was thinking about not only “showing” her work, but writing about it too. In our new series, An Evolving Life, Meryl will share the stages, challenges, and meaning of her art, and the journey that coincides with the pieces she highlights. Sandra Novick
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