Friday, 25 May 2012

On calm days and chaotic ones too



I drove home through pouring rain today, with the car heater blasting warm air past my face to the two babies snoozing in the backseats, and I got thinking about what was happening in this moment I was living.

That very one moment. That exact time {on a dreary rainy Friday morning}. In that exact space {the car}.
And I realised it’s never just one moment, but stringed together moments of captured emotions, words said and thought, sights and sounds that are recalled...  

There was the winter-style day consuming the sky and filling it with dark sullen clouds. The constant sound of rain pounding the windscreen and wind whooshing past. {And as I let myself see the cold that was outside, I began to feel grateful for the warmth inside}. 

And then I glanced from the road to the beach: a blend of grey-green sea water and crashing waves rushing at the shore. And black birds skimming the white tips of the waves, hovering there before flying higher then dipping down as the next wave approached, as if it was some game. {And I felt grateful to live near the beach, and to witness the ways of the water on clear blue-sky days and dark cloudy ones too}. 

Around the corner from home, I got thinking about walking through the door knowing my husband would be there, and we’d have time to sit down for coffee, just the two of us. {And when we did, I felt grateful for him, and grateful for time together without interruptions – I wish I hadn’t got up so fast.} 

Finally at home, I looked at the two blissful sleeping babies in the car and I whispered I love yous I knew they wouldn’t hear. As I cradled their sleeping bodies and placed them into bed, I soaked up their warmth and baby scents. {And I felt an immense gratitude for the two little people I love so much}. 

And it was in those moments that I realised gratitude surrounds me on calm days and chaotic ones too.

Elisa xx


{Linking with loads more gratitude over at Kidspot’s 52 Weeks of Grateful}


What are you grateful for this week? 

15 comments:

  1. Sweet life, Elisa. We are blessed. x

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  2. Beautiful Elisa, what a lovely string of moments you have captured and given gratitude for. I love saying 'I love you' to my sleeping children - they might not hear you say it, but I think they feel it on some level, somehow.

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  3. beautiful elisa. it's those small, seemingly insignificant moments that make your eyes open the most x

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  4. I love it when you catch yourself in one of those moments. I also love how you've written about it so beautifully x

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  5. what gorgeous words. such a lovely post and ever so true.

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  6. Love this post - i was there with you feeling every moment and could almost feel a hot mug of coffee in my hand as i pictured my husband instead - beautiful moments.

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  7. I came back today to re-read this beautiful post, Elisa. x

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  8. Beautifully said. You have captured that moment perfectly.
    xx

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  9. I simply love the way you write
    Your grateful posts each week are full of simple truths and just so eloquent
    xx

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  10. This is so beautiful Elisa. I've said this before but I simply must say it again, your writing is simply wonderful. If you ever publish a book I would love to read it.

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  11. @Happylan - I think they "feel" the I love you too! Well I do hope so xx
    @Maxabella - thank you! That is the best compliment! Made me smile x
    @Ally - thank you so much x
    @Rachael - Thank you! I do hope to one day publish a book! A few ideas in the works, actually! xx

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  12. When you stop to notice there is so much to be grateful for in every moment! Beautiful post.

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  13. Beautifully written, each one of those moments so beautiful and pure, they're all we need aren't they? Glad to find your lovely blog:)

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