Friday, July 02, 2010

Daily 5 - Day 323

Last night was pretty rough.  Some odd dream/vision things that meant that sleep was fleeting.  Various things heavy on my heart through the night mean I did a lot of praying and pushing through some stuff, and not a lot of sleeping.  Around 4:30 this morning I took an extra dose of the supplement I take to aid with sleep, and somehow managed to mostly sleep for about the next 4 hours or so.

I wrote to a dear friend, describing the night I'd had, and commenting that I was having a pretty slow morning because of it, and she wrote back, saying among other things that she hoped I'd find some interesting reasons to smile today.  When I finally managed to propel myself out of bed (which I think was sometime around noon - I did a lot of email/blog/internet stuff from a horizontal pose this morning!), I set out to do just that - find some interesting (to me at least!) reasons to smile.

And thus, here's today's daily 5:
  1. not having major plans, thus allowing for a very much needed slow morning in bed after a rough night
  2. compensating for my cold bedroom this evening by lighting tons of candles all around the room and enjoying their glow, and the warmth they're adding to the chilly air
  3. solo zoo trip
  4. the baby gorilla - and, I learned a new fact: gorillas nurse their babies for 3-5 years.
  5. the colobus monkeys were really funny to watch today
  6. It takes me between 27 and 35 steps to walk the length of a blue whale.
  7. finished some reading for a Christian leadership course I'm taking (besides the school stuff) while I was on the bus.  it was nice to get this out of the way a day or two before it actually has to be done.
  8. I revisited one of my favorite quotes, painted on the wall as you exit the rainforest exhibit where the gorillas are.  "Like water, be gentle and strong.  Be gentle enough to follow the natural paths of the earth, and strong enough to rise up and reshape the world." (Brenda Peterson)  It always reminds me of Jesus being called living water, and expresses rather nicely how I'd like to live - gentle and strong.
  9. I made a rare visit to the downtown, central library branch, and spent a bit of time hunting for some books I had in mind.  It's more fun, somehow, when the books take up several floors.
  10. The library had the entire series of three novels that I was looking to read soon in stock today.
  11. I picked up a few books with various walking tours around the city.
  12. I made it to the mall, and managed to get a whole list of errands out of the way.
  13. I spent some very enjoyable time plotting the junk food supper I was going to treat myself to.
  14. I walked, a lot, today.
  15. knowing that my schedule was totally flexible, and it didn't matter in the grand scheme of things if the bus was 10 minutes or more late (which at least one was)
  16. having junk food for supper (more on that tomorrow!)
  17. thinking about all of the things I was doing as I did them, and keeping a mental running list of "interesting reasons to smile"
  18. clean drinking water - there's something about this that just never gets old for me, especially since water is my beverage of choice.  I suppose I think too, about the many, many people who can't have it, and that makes it even more amazing to me.
  19. the male peacocks at the zoo were displaying their feathers in full force today.  Since I usually go in winter, I don't see that often, and it really is a beautiful sight.
  20. giggling just thinking about the giant anteater (one of my favorites, after the gorilla).  I didn't see it today, but just stopping to think about it really did make me smile outwardly and giggle inwardly.
  21. a ten minute yoga video this morning (in retrospect, with all the walking I did today, the exercise was totally unnecessary, but it was a nice way to wake up when I did finally crawl out of bed)


Jenny said...

What a fabulous day! Wow, you experienced and did so much, even with a slow start. You must move fast!

I want to thank you for a link to a blog (?Kristen's, I think), where she talked about Brennan Manning's Ruthless Trust. This is just the book I need, right now. I only had to wait a few days for it to arrive via bookdepository, and am on my first read through... I know I'm going to start reading it again straightaway.



Lisa said...

Hi Jenny!

I'm glad you're enjoying "Ruthless Trust"! I haven't read it yet, but it's definitely on my list of must reads.

Blessings on you!