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To seize the Day

Updated on May 3, 2010
Mt Baker from Vashon Island
Mt Baker from Vashon Island
Mt Rainier 2008
Mt Rainier 2008

I awakened today at 5 am to let the dogs outside. Rain, torrential rain. The dogs turned around and looked at me with their "do we have to go out there?" look. Finally their need to urinate took over their reluctance to surrender and go into the drenching downpour. They ran into the house and I put the heat on, to alleviate the damp chill.

After class, I got into my car noticing the sun had broken through, bringing warm rays of light into my vehicle. It won't last long, I surmised. Driving home I pondered going to lunch with my husband, as it was his day off. We went to the local Denny's and sat in a booth in the sun. The warmth of the light seemed to flow into our souls and we conversed about various and sundry topics. The coffee kept flowing, and the crowd fazed in and out of the surrounding booths.

Leaving the restaurant, I was drawn to look to the bluest sky with not one single cloud in it. My husband stood behind the car, awaiting me to unlock it for him with his face back, taking in the rays of the solar warmth. "The weathermen were wrong again, this was supposed to be a terrible day, rain and wind were fore-casted", he told me. I smiled, knowing that we were lucky to be the recipient of such grandeur. "And this is why I live in Seattle!", I croon, looking up at the sky, which was the most brilliant shade of blue.

The summer in Seattle is a magical time. Some people think Seattle is rainy all the time, and cloudy and dismally cold. And those who live here would just like to keep people thinking that way. You see, they do not want people to move here, and would rather keep this little known secret quiet. The winter may be cold, raw and rainy, but the spring and summers are glorious. There are not many days it is humid, and those days it is humid it is nothing like living in New England, Florida or Texas.

As I was pulling weeds in my backyard yesterday, I reflected on being in my "church", aka the outside world. I never liked gardening before moving here. I would get too sweaty, and usually get a rotten sunburn. Here it is cool, and the work seems to flow out of me, making me feel as though my work is play. I feel nature is the best spiritual place I know. Living close to Mt. Rainier is like being in a sacred cathedral. When it is hidden in the clouds, you almost forget it is there, and then then the clouds disburse, you see the majesty of the mountain jutting from the earth, as though for the very first time. It is a gift that keeps giving each and every year.

Seizing the day can be as simple as a quiet reflection upon the beauty that surrounds us. We need not make glorious changes or become affected by something no one has ever seen before, we can look at the very thing each and every one of see everyday and see it in a new way. The observer becomes enriched by the experience when viewed from a place of wonder.

I invite to to look upon that which surrounds you in a new way and view it from a spiritual perspective, as it was fashioned on the palette of God.


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    • Aley Martin profile image

      Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Thanks for coming by Sierra!

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      Sierra Greer 7 years ago


      I love your phrase ". . .as if it were fashioned on the palette of God."

      Truly, nature, in all her beauty, is like stepping into a spiritual cathedral.

      Thanks for the hub,

      Sierra Greer

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      Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Thanks ladies, always wonderful to see your comments...

      I had never visited Seattle before moving here, and when I arrived, it was as though I had finally "come home"....

      Seattle is a great place to live, get married, and enjoy various types of natural surroundings...if you get up this way, I'll have the coffee pot on and we can sit outside and seize that day!

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thank you, Aley, for such a timely reminder! It is much appreciated.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Lovely!! I've never visited Seattle, but my parents began their marriage there - in 1917! My eldest sister was born there. Mother loved gardening and growing things and was amazed at how prolifically anything grew.

      You've absolutely expressed it - the value in a day is as near as one's nearest surroundings. My beloved & I derived such joy out of a sunset, pretty clouds - anything of natural beauty, we'd call each other to see when we happened to catch a glimpse of something lovely.

      And sometimes the most temporal momentary sights are the most thrilling - the way a slice of sunlight cuts across the shadows into a room and transforms a vase or a countertop into a magic glowing canvas, or the rolls of ever-fading blues of canyons tapering off into the desert's dimming horizon almost pulls you along with them in ecstacy.

      Yes. One must seize the day! There will never be an identical one!

      I love this! Thank you, Aley!