My oboe teacher emailed and mentioned it's 10 degrees in Boston. Yikes! I had a wonderful opportunity to take a walk through a beautiful garden today, where it was sunny and breezy with temperatures in the 70's. Here's what my visit to this Eden reminded me:
1. Doing "nothing" but doing it mindfully can be far more productive than scurrying around doing a ton of stuff.
2. Earning a living? $____ (fill in your own blank). Making a life? Priceless. I actually stopped to smell flowers with my kids - it doesn't get more cliché than that - and it's the best thing I've done in months.
3. Creativity is for everyone.
4. The best things in life are still the simple, little things. The details. Attention to detail is a treasure and a must.
5. Choose the good fruits and avoid the serpents.
6. Breathe. Listen, and breathe.
We ambled down garden paths surrounded by exquisite tropical flowers. Some smelled sweet, like jasmine or honeysuckle. There were purple blossoms that smelled like vanilla, and trees whose clusters of pink flowers gave off a strong aroma of butter (pictured below). Splashes of color caught our attention everywhere we looked. And though the place was beautifully landscaped, it had enough wildness about it not to look too manicured.