I am intrigued by the idea of sharing what I love about living a simple life; about finding joy in the everyday, about the peace in not striving too hard. I live in a city whose culture is all about living in the moment; about celebrating whether you’re wealthy or a little down on your luck. It’s easy to find sustenance here; with mild weather and abundant and delicious food. It’s a green place, almost like a jungle, where exotic lizards and butterflies frequent even the most mundane backyards.
My blog title comes from the Mary Oliver poem, The Summer Day. There’s a story behind this poem for me. Once upon a time I was an extremely busy teacher. I started a lot of innovative programs; I taught a lot of terrific children; I cherish multitudes of incredible memories. But at the time I was over-scheduled, over-extended, over-everything, and I had been for quite some time as was practically every citizen of New Orleans. We were in the midst of digging deep to rebuild the city, literally and figuratively, after the devastation of Katrina. We were tapped out.
I had a close friend who was a teacher as well, but also an artist, a mentor; a creative spirit extraordinaire. We were circling the new meditation labyrinth at Audubon Park, reading the quotations placed at the benches along the perimeter, and we eventually came to this one:
It was time for a change. And over the next few years, I eased out of full time employment, dialed back many commitments, took six and a half months away to hike the Appalachian Trail, and here I am.
I’ve come to value every moment in this wild and precious life of mine, and I’m happiest when I’m staying present and paying attention. It’s really pretty simple.
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