How are you weathering this winter? It’s been a rough one for so many. Friends are coping with snow in places that usually gets none. It’s raining here today and the overall look of the landscape is bleak. This little plant on my patio is thriving, though. I’m pleased to find color in nature, especially in midwinter. My “find” this week is a cheerful one!
Here are my 5 randoms:
1. Sunday I found a new pair of red patent leather flats. I have loved red shoes my whole life. One of my earliest memories is insisting on red Buster Brown shoes at age 4 or so. I found this photo on the internet. I’m thinking my first pair of red shoes were this vintage.
2. My new (grown-up) shoes are to wear to my daughter’s wedding shower. We are driving to Los Angeles this weekend for the occasion. I can’t wait! This will be her time to shine, to be showered with gifts, to be surrounded by her friends and family, to anticipate all the future holds. I feel so honored to be a part of all the joy.
3. Did you know you can ride a bike in a swimming pool? I learned about this while editing a class on water exercise at work. It’s a new trend called aqua spinning. Maybe it will become an Olympic sport. Doesn’t it sound like fun?
4. This week I read Michael Connelly’s new book, The Gods of Guilt. The title refers to the jury, the men and women who decide guilt or innocence. It’s a crisp courtroom drama. I highly recommend it.
5. German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born this week in 1906. He lived only 39 years before being killed by the Nazis right before the end of WWII. His writings and his life inspire me. Here’s one of my favorite quotes:
In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.
―Letters and Papers from Prison
I’ve read some of Bonhoeffer’s writings and his excellent biography by Eric Metaxas. One of my goals is to read more of his books.
How about you? How is your week going? Have you found any bright spots of color–outdoors or in?