This is just a borrowed title from one of my favorite poets Mary Oliver. A Thousand Mornings is one of the two books by Mary Oliver that I treasure. Her words inspire, uplift and cheer me up to no ends. Always, I would read a few lines or two, commit to memory some of her words and my day is complete.
All is quiet except the hum of the small electric fan underneath the computer table. It rained last night and there is a little breeze coming from the window. It is one of those mornings that you get a little introspective, you think about life and living and you are grateful for God’s blessings.
I always love what silence brings. I always love greeting the morning hearing nothing but the quiet of dawn, a new day feeling hopeful and anticipating what lies ahead. It’s those few minutes of bowing your head in prayer and listening to the silence in your heart that make life so precious. You ask but sometimes God surprises you with small miracles. You smile at the thought that life though sometimes harder than it seems is still beautiful. You smile at the thought that even if you are alone, happiness is within your grasp. You smile at the thought of a new day, a day to make more memories to hold.
I love watching a sunrise. It holds a promise, it inspires a dream. Sometimes, it plays hide and seek with the clouds but you feel the warmth of its embrace. I love the sprinkling of water droplets brought by the rain at night. How I wish I could capture those magnificent bubbles reflecting the beauty of the morning. I love the fresh morning look of the garden after the rain. Sometimes, you get lucky finding new blooms or a new shoot of some seeds you planted a few days ago.
I love those too. A week ago, I noticed my blackberry shrubs bearing fruits at last. I even asked my friend who gave me the seeds last year if they are flowers but she told me just to wait until they ripen into…. yes, black. They are turning red and Mom said they might be just flowers growing. I can’t wait. The three turmeric pots have sprouted leaves finally. The light green oblong shaped leaves are lovelier to look at than the leaves of ginger. Oh but I love squeezing a leaf of my ginger plant on my fingers now and then. The aromatic scent is addicting.
Tea and coffee.
Mom would not make a choice, she has always been a coffee lover. I love both though and I love those different tea infusions. You know that feeling of choosing a flavor to suit your mood for the day. Last Saturday, my daughter brought me a box of Twinings’ Lemon and Ginger, a lovely addition to my English Tea Shop’s Cranberry Vanilla Delight, Green Tea and Spiced Red Fruits. I have a few small sachets of Japanese Green Tea. Brewing a Japanese loose leaf green tea has always been a challenge for me, it is easier to use tea bags. I have two lovely tea kettles with strainer and I love using each one with the tea bags. Sipping tea on small cups is just lovely, isn’t it? Do you read tea leaves?
A thousand mornings….to dream, to read, to appreciate what nature brings, to make another day as lovely as yesterday. Dance to the beat of the day even when no one is watching. Dance to the music in your head. Dance to your heart’s desires.
the beautiful white heron
was floating along above the water
and then into the sky of this
the one world
we all belong to
sooner or later
is a part of everything else
which thought made me feel
for a little while
quite beautiful myself.”
― A Thousand Mornings, Mary Oliver