There is an emanation from the heart

which cannot be described,

but is immediately felt and puts

the stranger at his ease.

~Washington Irving

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie

Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth.

May my life be like a great

hospitable tree, and may

weary wanderers find in

me a rest.

~John Henry Jowett

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Taking in the View

The last couple of times Max and I have walked around Christ Church Meadow, a very nice and dapper Mr. Teddy has been sitting along the path, taking in the views.  As we walked along the Cherwell and turned the corner toward the Thames, there he was sitting on a tree stump, looking back over the meadow toward Christ Church and Merton.

The next day we circled the meadow he had made his way
across the path, nearer to the river.  He was sitting under a
tree, greeting all the passers-by--students as they jogged,
dogs as they were walked, tourists walking to the Thames.

The following afternoon Teddy had sought safety in the 
branches of the tree, probably knowing that snow was 
in the forecast and he'd better seek some shelter.

You can see the rain-swollen and muddy Cherwell behind him, so with all the cold and wet, it's not a very hospitable place at times for a small bear.  But he appears to be a brave bear, and thinks the views of Oxford are well worth the discomfort.  Plus I think he's waiting for spring, for the daffodils to bloom along the river--something very worth waiting for.

One of young Teddy's views-Merton Tower flanked
by St. Mary's and the Radcliffe Camera.

Merton College Tower
from his tree vantage point.

The daffodils are only up 4 or 5 inches at the moment,
so hopefully he can stick out the winter and see the full
bloom.  It will be so worth the wait--for all of us.

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