It was yet another hot and humid week in the Nation's capital. But on Friday afternoon, strong, summer thunderstorms ushered in cooler weather for the weekend. I lingered among the produce stalls at Eastern Market. Instead of getting on Metro, I rode a bike downtown to go to the movies. I even got in an early morning 3-mile run. As I walked home late Sunday evening, there was a nip in the air--a sure shine that summer is beginning to wane. I am so grateful for the cooler temps, along with these things:
It has been a hot and humid July in the Nation's capital, and we just had a weeklong heat wave. It was 90 degrees (and above) with 90% humidity every day for over a week. Although the air conditioning is working again in my apartment, I have been miserable. It's so hot and sticky when you walk outside, that you feel like you're in a shower. I decided I needed a break, and convinced a friend to head with me to the ocean. I am so grateful for the wonderful Sunday afternoon that I spent in Ocean City, MD. Here are the other blessings I am celebrating this week:
A dear friend recently had surgery. I planned to stop by with flowers the day after her procedure to check on her and see if there was anything I could do to help. But the traffic on the route I had planned was really bad. I took a detour, which led me away from the store where I had intended to get the flowers. I found myself instead in a part of the city with few places where I could easily pick up flowers. I made a game time decision to get her--and her family--delicious cupcakes instead.
When I dropped them off, her four-year-old daughter asked if that was the treat that she had been promised. I looked a bit confused. My friend explained that she had spoken with her husband on his way home from picking up their daughter, and said she sure could go for a cupcake. He came straight home with their daughter, and no treat. My friend got over her minor disappointment, and then was tickled pink when I showed up shortly thereafter with four cupcakes for the three of them (I was expecting her mom to still be there). We smiled and laughed and praised God for the ways in which He works things out. I also thought, “That’s synchronicity.”
I am grateful God used me this last week to bring a smile to the face of a dear friend. Here are the other things I am celebrating:
I explained the concept of synchronicity in my latest Musing post. Synchronicity is a series of inexplicable, unintended coincidences that results in a positive outcome. Thanks to synchronicity, I have been able to knock a couple of things off my To Do list. My tire was replaced. I got some moving boxes. I even was able to spend time with a dear friend I had been wanting to see before my move West. And now I am filled with optimism. If I can do those things, which seemed so difficult and had been causing mild anxiety, I can do anything. I am grateful for this extra dose of positive thinking as I enter crunch time with my move. Here are the other things for which I am thankful this week:
Last night, I tuned into a live “podcast” on preparing for spring. Hosted quarterly by Kimberly Wilson, owner of Tranquil Space yoga studio in DC, Tranquility Du Jour Live offers the opportunity—four times a year—to pause in the daily activities of life to reflect, dream and plan. She offers practical tools to move into the upcoming season with intention as well as healthy living reminders. However, my favorite part of the podcast is always the Wheel of Life
Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.