5 Things that Made My Heart Sing

Lately, I’ve been asking myself how to cut back on my social media consumption and still share meaningful, not-so-serious bits of my life. The result? A fun new collection of occasional curiosities posted here for our mutual enjoyment.

01.

I saw the new Little Women movie twice last month. I cried both times. I enjoyed the director’s combination of Louisa May Alcott’s story and her writing. The costumes were so beautiful and the familiar scenery made me fall in love with New England all over again.

“Women have minds and souls as well as hearts, ambition and talent as well as beauty, and I’m sick of being told that love is all a woman is fit for. But… I am so lonely.”

— Jo March
Historical Prettiness — Little Women (2019) dir. Greta Gerwig
photo: pinterest

And, just in case you’re obsessed with the hair styles in the movie like I am, I found this video with several tutorials inspired by the movie.

02.

Liz Vice’s song It Was Good. This was inspired by James Weldon Johnson’s poem, The Creation. Here’s a little excerpt,

“Up from the bed of the river
God scooped the clay;
And by the bank of the river
He kneeled him down;
And there the great God Almighty
Who lit the sun and fixed it in the sky,
Who flung the stars to the most far corner of the night,
Who rounded the earth in the middle of his hand;
This great God,
Like a mammy bending over her baby,
Kneeled down in the dust
Toiling over a lump of clay
Till he shaped it in is his own image;

Then into it he blew the breath of life,
And man became a living soul.
Amen.      Amen.”

03.

Palm prayer has been a simple style of prayer I’ve been using lately. I was introduced to it through my spiritual director training program. Wondering what it is? You start with your palms facing down. You bring your worries and the not-so-pleasant thoughts to the front of your mind with the intention to release them to the Lord; you let them “fall” from your hands. After you feel finished you turn your palms to face upward. In this position you are ready to “receive” from God.

You can use this prayer practice in bed, at the office, or a before dinner — it can be very subtle and versatile for all types of settings.

04.

I’ve just recently finished (binged) the three seasons of the series, Anne with an “E”. I was skeptical but almost immediately found it very, very delightful. I was impressed it does not turn a blind eye to the challenges of racism, homophobia, colonization, classism, sexism, and other crucial issues. These issues are intertwined with identity, romance, legacy, grief, friendship, and imagination. I was pleasantly surprised to see these topics thoughtfully presented. A must see!

photo: pinterest

“It’s not what the world holds for you, it’s what you bring to it”

— Anne Shirley-Cuthbert

05.

The last Saturday of 2019 I woke up before sunrise (on accident) and realized I really wanted to drive straight to the beach and watch the sun come up. I woke Aaron up and thankfully he went along with it.

It was a beautiful morning for the two of us. We watched a handful of dogs chase each other and saw some people taking a chilly dip in the water. This small adventure cost a bit of sleep but gave us time together and a new memory or two. Now I’m wondering why we don’t do this more often.

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