Personal Writing

Pay attention and give thanks

Example I

Yesterday, early morning, I was writing my weekly newsletter, and I took the photo above of the two books I read this week. For some reason, I stopped to look at the photo, and I noticed something odd.

The reflection on top was a beautiful pinky-purple, almost impressionistic view of the sky. That made me look out the windows of my sunroom, and this sky was what I saw.

Here comes the sun…

I nearly missed this extraordinary sunrise because I was so busy looking down at my computer. I ran outside to capture the image, both for me and you.

Example II

My mom sent this meme to my brothers and me at the start of September

The Fantastics is such a weird musical, but this is such a glorious song.

And she wrote, “In honor of Papa (our step dad who, after a long battle with a terrible kind of cancer, died 10 years ago this upcoming February). This song is the only time he cried. He said, ‘Oh I am going to miss September!'”

The Lesson

Look around, look around at how lucky we are
To be alive right now
Look around, look around

“That Would Be Enough” Eliza Schuyler Hamilton from Hamilton

We think we have all the time in the world, but even a long life is short in the grand scheme of things. Look up. Pay attention. Step away from the grind and enjoy the little gifts we are given. Give thanks, however and to whomever you choose.

Dayna Del Val is on a mission to help others (re)discover the spark they were born with through her blog and newsletter, her professional talks and the (re)Discover Your Spark retreats she leads. Dayna works with people to help them not just identify and articulate their dreams but to develop a framework to get going on the pursuit of those dreams—today, in the next few months and for the years ahead. She's at the intersection of remarkable and so, so ordinary, but she knows that pretty much everyone else is, too. She's excited to be sharing this extraordinary journey with you.

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