Brooke, Cooper and I go on fun ice cream “grooves.” There’s nothing quite as mindful as licking a coffee-flavored sugar cone on a hot afternoon before it drips all over my white slacks. I relish every yummy lick. Sharing ice cream cones with friends and family is definitely happiness producing. When we’re in the moment, we understand we’re at the banquet of life. As Peter once said in these joyful moments, “This is IT.”
Learning to appreciate every one of our senses, to be aware how fragile our radiant health can become, allows us to focus on all the good in our lives. When I’m able to hold a fountain pen in my right hand, I realize just how fortunate I am.
I’m a full-time caregiver for myself. I’m paying attention to my doctors, specialists who know about different areas of expertise. I’m aware how many things we can do to make ourselves feel better around the clock. As I approach my 80th birthday in November, I’m celebrating my deep appreciation for the gift of life.
Each one of you, my friends, adds to my passion. Thank you for all the meaning and joy you bring to my rich, full life. Keep believing in the powerful healing qualities of beauty. The quiet beauty of my home inspires me throughout the day.