Last week was a hot one! While in WV for my apprenticeship with Joy it reached 99 degrees outside...this called for many breaks in between work and of course a swim in the river. I had been doing a lot of thinking lately as I am beginning to sell my work and have been focusing on mugs. The typical response i get...."it's not big enough." Ok, so I love a little cup...I enjoy the intimacy of making them and the ability for it to slow down my time while I sip my morning coffee. In this case....less is more! More time to enjoy, more time to taste, and more time to think, and slow life down for just a little bit.
The river reminded me of this. As I clung to a rock I allowed the smooth rapids to stretch every muscle in my body. The refreshing stream of water cooled my body and massaged my back. The sky was perfectly clear, the rush of water woke my senses, and the chorus of birds in the trees took me to another place. Of course Buddy the dog frolicked happily through the water after that wispy little stick Joy tossed. It only confirmed my thoughts of the little things being just right. That trip cost no money, no fancy drinks, no expensive massages, and no struggle of withdraw once returning to reality....it would be there the next time!
I took a moment to write some thoughts...maybe some words in defense of the little cups I love so much.
A Little Cup:
~ A little cup slows down life. Don't drink that little cup of your morning coffee in one gulp! Relax, enjoy it, taste it, remember it. Its precious....the coffee and the time.
~ A little cup says "look at me." Focus on the small, beautiful, precious things...its all in the details.
~ A little cup reminds us that life is not about more....it's about just enough.
~ A little cup makes us feel a warm, intimate moment. A powerful feeling from such a small thing.
~ A little cup keeps us in check...the little moments, the small things....those are what life is made of.
Think back to your greatest, fondest, and most precious memories....
My bet is that they were little, sweet, and special moments....a small letter of acceptance to college, an off the map camping trip with family, holding the little hand of your first baby grandchild, a few simple words from someone special, or even the simple act of sitting on the porch drinking your morning coffee with someone you care about.
In a society of busy and better, it doesn't hurt to slow things down and to appreciate what is already there. When it comes to time and heart, it's the little details in life that make everything else seem, well...small.