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Isn't It Remarkable...

Roni Delmonico

Funny how much a person can change. There was a time I would have rushed to sweep those cobwebs away, thinking they'd ruin my photograph.  I still did have that thought initially.  But I paused. I think it's in that pause that I begin to listen with my heart, instead of my head.

Hummingbirds need the protein from insects, in addition to the nectar they get from flowers and feeders.  If I  leave it alone... then she'll get a complete meal from time to time.  I wonder if she already ate the spider.. or if the spider heard the hum and said.. Oh man!  I am SO out of here.  Either way, the web looks pretty in the sunlight and it's still sticky.:)  Breakfast buffet for hummingbirds.  

I watched a tiny spider, no bigger than the head of a pin, build a web this morning, while I drank my coffee.  I am surrounded by ordinary miracles every day, without ever leaving home.   

It's not that unusual
When everything is beautiful
It's just another ordinary miracle today

The sky knows when it's time to snow
Don't need to teach a seed to grow
It's just another ordinary miracle today

Life is like a gift they say
Wrapped up for you everyday
Open up and find a way
To give some of your own

Isn't it remarkable
Like every time a raindrop falls
It's just another ordinary miracle today

Birds in winter have their fling
Will always make it home by spring
It's just another ordinary miracle today

When you wake up everyday
Please don't throw your dreams away
Hold them close to your heart
'Cause we're all a part of the ordinary miracle

Do you want to see a miracle?

It seems so exceptional
That things just work out after all
It's just another ordinary miracle today

Sun comes up and shines so bright
And disappears again at night
It's just another ordinary miracle today

-Glen Ballard, David Allan Stewart

The Hum of Sunshine and Summertime

Roni Delmonico

I've spent a lot of time this year cultivating stillness.  That seems like it should be such a simple thing but in our fast paced society where noise comes at you from every direction... kids, husband, wife, well meaning friends, boss, texts, emails, tablets, television, overfull calendars, phone ringing, heavy machinery, traffic, social media... true stillness is exceedingly hard to come by.  We're so mobile now, that noise follows us everywhere.. if we let it.  If you were to close your eyes, chances are, you would hear and feel all of that at once, just like I do. Those things, combined with poor food choices and lack of restful sleep, are seriously affecting our quality of life today. Finding stillness is more important than it's ever been, it needs as much attention as your muscles do, and in my opinion, it requires unplugging from time to time.

Before this year, I thought I was a relatively quiet person  but I am learning that internally... the noise had reached such epic proportions, that I couldn't even hear myself anymore.  My body, mind and spirit were breaking down and refusing to work properly until I paid attention to all three... my person as a whole.  What a journey it has been so far and how deeply grateful I am for it.  There is a lot I missed, by refusing to slow down and breathe deep, embracing that quiet and internalizing it.  I don't want to miss it anymore.  All of this... all these beautiful images I share of my world as I see it right now.. is the record of a journey that is healing me.. one click at a time.  It is my poetry, it is my mantra, it is my medicine, and in the end, it will be my best interpretation of what Roni Delmonico did, saw, felt and cared about while she was here.

The more you love your own decisions, the less you need others to love them.