May 2, 2009

if only for today...

breathe slowly
dance to the music from your ipod while walking down your neighborhood street
raise your face to the sun at least once
stand with your shoulders back
give a stranger anything but a dirty look
buy a bagel for the guy behind you in line
wear your most comfortable shoes even if they don't match what you're wearing
leave your watch at home and don't ask anyone what time it is
take pictures of only round things
go left instead or right
most of all
if the only thing you do all day is sit and read a good book


  1. So inspiring! And, that picture is gorgeous!

  2. Beth,
    Thank you for these words of hope and comfort — beautifully said with a beautiful photo to match.

  3. AnonymousMay 02, 2009

    Love this post! It just makes me happy...maybe I will buy a bagel for the person behind me!

    BTW...that photo is exquisite!

  4. AnonymousMay 02, 2009

    a big YES to all of those things. kt

  5. I will be looking at round things to take pics of today, while Michael and I show our outta town friens around Pittsburgh. Lou is from Germany, so it will be fun to see the city through her eyes!

    Hugs For Sharing the Beauty in YOU!

  6. Beth, whaat a beautiful photo. It is striking. You have a good plan for today.Have a great one.

  7. By giving yourself permission, you give us all permission.

    It is a beautiful morning here, beth. Your words made me more aware of it. Off to cozy up...

  8. Hi Beth,

    I can spend all day reading (though not very often) and don't feel the slightest bit guilty!

  9. Wow, perfect post for a saturday! love the shot too

  10. Yup that's what I'm doing- reading on the front porch (finally!!!). I started the new Elizabeth Berg book this morning and it's excellent! Going to see her tomorrow with Laura at her book talk and signing- can't wait! Enjoy yout weekend

  11. life is to short not to~ your bloom rocks beth

  12. What a beautiful photo! Love this blog! I just sort of stumbled upon it! Lucky me!
    Please come visit me sometime at Wildflower Studio! I'd love to hear from you! :)

  13. Simply breathtaking photo...and your words are beautiful too.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  14. Beth, I have followed your blog for a few weeks now and learned of it through Your Mother Knows ... Holly and I are old friends from her years in Maryland. Today's visit made me feel as if I were "visiting" my own heart and spirit. Your profile comments could have been my own words a dozen years ago ... in a time gone by ... I am so glad you have an appreciation for all those lovely things in your life. Today's post was also beautiful and inspiring and things I try to remind my own four children (no matter that they're ages are 30 and above). It is a pleasure to share in your vision and joy of life. Please feel free to visit Simon Says and you'll see what I am up to these days.

  15. your blog always makes me so happy and content. your attitude and your way of life is so uplifting.

    beautiful shot woman, beautiful shot.

  16. So funny because I ALWAYS wear my watch..have to for work, but today, this morning, I just simply decided I didn't want to wear it today. I never do that...and here I am reading your post on the very same day.

    This image is gorgeous! And beautifully round ;)

  17. Yes mam... no guilt. Just presence.

  18. Love, LOVE, L O V E this perfect post. I'll do it. And, if anyone asks me why, I'll tell them Beth told me to.

  19. I'm really working hard at not feeling guilty about things.. with varying degrees of success!!!

  20. AnonymousMay 08, 2009

    beautiful. i love the way you wrote these. (=

  21. April 21, 2014

    -happy sigh- your writing is beautiful...



**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth