“Awe enables us to see in the world intimations of the divine, to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance, to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple, to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal.” Abraham Joshua Heschel
Anything that stops us in our tracks and helps us experience a moment of “wow” is a gift. It could be a baby’s dimple, an insight shared by a friend, or a phrase eloquently turned by a writer — whenever we can fully experience the moment, we are lifted out of the everyday and elevated.
We moved into our rental house in January when it wasn’t really clear what was planted in the garden. Much to our delight, when spring rolled around, we discovered gorgeous roses that several owners ago, a woman had planted (David Austin’s I might add.) Then they had to move out of the country and sold the house. I’m sure she was sad to leave the roses, probably uncertain if people would care for them as they grew. I don’t even know her name. But here we are, and I am SO appreciative of her efforts that we can just walk outside to enjoy! Here’s something else wonderful about this: we had planted David Austin’s in our garden in Seattle and then we, too, sold our house and our whole family moved when I decided to become a rabbi ….And now hopefully the people who live in our old home are enjoying them as well!
Tonight the moon is completely full. Perhaps go out in the darkness and capture a glimpse. And take a deep breath in honor of all that we don’t control or fix — but just accept as gifts of the Divine, and sometimes from people we don’t even know.
photo: rose in our backyard – submitted to I Heart Macro hosted by http://www.shinethedivinecreativityisaspiritualpractice.com
Laura Hegfield says
so beautiful Jill… we will talk soon my friend:-)
Hi Laura. Thank you! I finally figured out how to “reply” on wordpress 🙂
Karen, Pixel Posts says
Great beauty in the layers and depth of this bloom.
thank you! I have no idea how I did it so it’s good to know 🙂
Marjorie Wallace says
This is just so beautifully expressed Jill. It is those Ahhh moments that make our lives a celebration of special times.
Thank you Marjorie! Send me some photos and I will post them (with a link to you!!) hugs, Jill
Gorgeous shot of the rose!
thank you so much
Beautiful words and photo.
thank you so much Pat
Jana Last says
A lovely rose…we moved to the Eastern Sierras…leaving behind a home steeped in family tradition (built by my husband’s grandparents and lived in by 5 generations of family!) and yes…a beautiful rose garden. Before my husband and I married I looked at the plants at the back of his lawn and told my future husband that that would be the perfect spot for roses. Within the next month he tore out all the old bushes!!! He took me to a nursery to look at rose bushes and we selected about 15…they’ve been a source of joy ever since, and what I miss the most about our home down south…we plan on moving back there in a year or two, when my husband retires, but until then, we enjoy them when go back down there for visits!!!
thank you so much for sharing your story! Your husband sounds like a “keeper”