Happy: Quiet Moments, New Friends, Adventure

Jamie Lee

Today, I’m coming home to Suddenly Thursday after a long absence. Though I have been silent on the digital front, my Real World days have been enveloped in an always-present spiral of ideas and dreams that are slowly leading me to a new adventure, tugging on my heart, pulling me along, one step at a time.

I’m inspired to return here – somewhat spontaneously given that my original plans for the day did not involve a stop over at Suddenly Thursday – by a new friend, though since we’ve only just met, perhaps it is too soon to invoke that label. Her name is Jamie Ridler (Yes! Another Jamie). Today’s post is in response to her lovely “Happy Book Mail Around” – a bloggy event that takes place each Friday.

So – the point is to share things that have made me happy this week. For starters – friends. I am so grateful for all the friends in my life – old and new – and the joy they bring me. I am also so grateful that we are able to stay in touch through the pixels and code of the internet. If it weren’t for the magic of my modem, I’d be a lonely girl. I adore seeing local friends in the Real World, but sometimes life makes that challenging; it’s so nice to be able to share ideas, observations, wishes, and even hugs with a few taps of the keyboard. Just yesterday, I had a lovely conversation with two friends who, as it turned out, share some passions between them. We traded thoughts throughout the day, ending with gratitude for the way the internet brings us closer. As one friend put it, “interconnectedness promotes peace, understanding and friendship!”

Although my week has been hectic beyond words, with the my self-imposed expectations weighing heavy on my mind and shoulders, I have managed to carve out a few moments each day to walk out into the world and just look and listen and breathe. This is a leaf that I came across on one such walk – bedecked in dewey jewels that shone like diamonds in the early morning sunlight. The beauty of it stopped me in my tracks and reassured me that there is still magic in the world, and the magic matters.

Happy, happy Friday. Enjoy the adventure!

8 Responses to “Happy: Quiet Moments, New Friends, Adventure”

  • gina Says:

    Welcome to the Happy Friday group! I love walking too….it really helps calm me down, especially when I take the time to really look around. Have a happy weekend!

  • Jamie Lee Says:

    @Gina – Thanks very much for the welcome. :) I think walking is a great way to “get out of your head” and just BE. I don’t know about you, but I could definitely use more of THAT! 😉
    Enjoy your weekend!

  • Sue fox Says:

    It was lovely reading your post today, I like to photograph rain on flowers and leaves to see the little jewels sparkle in the sun, such a happy pastime!

  • Helen Says:

    Welcome to the group! Walking, looking, listening, and breathing sound like a wonderful, self-renewing practice. So important for our happiness. Thanks for sharing and hope to continue see your posts. Have a great weekend!

  • Suzie Ridler Says:

    Beautiful! Yes, friends are so important and with the internet, add so many more layers of communication. That is a beautiful photograph, it transported me right back to my walks on Eagle Mountain. I needed that. My leaf photo this week is very different, LOL.

    Happy blessings to you!

  • Jamie Lee Says:

    @Sue – Oh, I agree! Any pastime that helps me to slow down and enjoy the small pleasures is wonderful.

    @Helen – Thanks so much for the warm welcome. I actually took a lovely, solo walk on the beach this morning for the first time in months and it was so rejuvinating. My mind quieted and all kinds of ideas and thoughts started swimming up out of the ocean and into my head. Wonderful!

    @Suzie – I’m so glad you liked the photo. I loved yours – like a tiny visage of the Green Man. 😉

  • Jane Rochelle Says:

    Jamie Lee,
    What a beautiful post. I, too, have found that connecting with people online is sometimes deeply rewarding. It is amazing to find tender, open people, like you, who are just a click away, when in a big city, I can hardly find anyone. What a gift that we can interact with each other, share sentiments, photos, and ideas.
    Thank you for visiting teenytinypieces, and I look forward to reading your next post.
    Take special good care,

  • Jamie Lee Says:

    @Jane – Thank YOU for visiting Suddenly Thursday. Always so nice to meet new friends. I’ve been terribly lax on publishing here (SO much going on elsewhere!), but you’ve inspired me to make an attempt. :) So … thanks again!

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