I was going to write some movie reviews tonight, but I am really enjoying The Savage Detectives and I want to keep reading…! For the moment I will simply share with you the remarkably purple-grey clouds that were hanging over the beach and the silver ocean this afternoon.
All day I sat in my parent’s house, doing projects and watching movies and making tea, and eyeing the glowering skies without much hope that they would disperse and let the sun shine through. I went for a walk simply to un-kink my back and get my sluggish blood moving. The drama that awaited me was unexpected and wonderful. Surprised, once again, by beauty – and how incredibly blessed am I to be here, to see it? I was struck rather forcefully by what I had read only a few days ago on Joel’s blog Of the Hands. He wrote about the incomprehensible grace and blessing and good fortune of moments like these and his/my/our responsibility to give something back – not in an effort to deserve such moments, but as a natural response to the overabundance of good things, joyful things, beautiful things in our own lives. Pass it on, spread it round, build with it.
Today’s purple clouds were a reminder and confirmation of the purpose I am pointing my life toward. Sure, I am going on an adventure and will be learning new skills in exciting places and will be given so many more amazing moments and pictures to take – but I have a purpose, and work to do. It’s time for me to give something of myself back, as a thank-you for those purple clouds. Time to plant my lupines.