Good Morning God,
The World is so FILLED with lovely things that they crowd into my vision — WAITING, WANTING to be appreciated. Here in Hawaii, the Trees mark the seasons. We are now in the Season of the Shower Trees. They begin with the Yellow Showers, and then move on to the Rainbow Shower trees. I thought this photo was of the Golden, but perhaps it is another hybrid.
I look forward to the flowering of Shower Trees — and I especially enjoy them on morning walks — when I can catch their subtle fragrance. And, now You remind me that they, too, allow me a glimpse of TIME TURNING. So, it isn’t just Dawn and Dusk, but the Seasons. Seasons marked by flowering trees and FRUIT! It is Mango Season! And I am about to go off to the Farmers’ Market at KCC and look for lychees and mangos. Ah. THANK YOU!
The challenge in all this appreciation is BALANCE! Are we back to Opposable Virtues, God? I suppose so. Appreciation is NOT gluttony. Perhaps, gluttony comes from NOT TASTING. We seem to be designed to taste in descending acuteness. The first bite is best, second a bit less so, and after the third I am not getting the full taste experience — unless I cleanse my palette. Of course, THIS is yet another reason why we are to eat slowly! (Please help me with this!)
We are also designed to EAT TOGETHER! Solitary food consumption is a bit like solitary drinking. And this week while Kit has been seeing our daughters — I have had five lovely dinners WITH family (my Mom) and WITH friends. As I balanced my attention between friends and food — I enjoyed both more.
Thank You, God, for people who INVITE OTHERS OUT — invited them IN — into their lives. SHARING is such a JOY!