Ruth Bernard a renowned photographer was asked what her recipe was for a long happy life.
Something cancer survivors pray for!
One of her suggestions was to “fall madly in love with the world!!”
How do you fall in love with the world when you feel it crashing down on you and you feel miserable and frightened?
Listen to her words…By taking a moment to notice and appreciate all its little peculiarities and idiosyncrasies–the way the clouds flow by, the play of light on dark green pine needles, the kiss of the wind on your skin. (Ryan, 2000, p. 171)
I believe this is why this time of year is called “Fall.”
It is such a calming, beautiful time to stop, really notice and fall madly in love with the world!
One blessing of cancer. It makes you slow down. And slowing down gives you the blessing of noticing.
I found these on my “Fall” in love with the world-walk yesterday…
All of the senses are here…
warm sun mixed with shade,
hearing crisp wind blowing the colored leaves
bright orange warmth
the smell of damp earth and grass
the touch of round baby pumpkins…
Even if you only have enough strength to go out and smell…
you will feel good!
FALL in LOVE!