Every month I chronicle those everyday things that give me comfort or offer a place of reflection or joy. Here are my everyday delights for May:

1. This picture of the Grand Canyon: We took a road trip to Grand Canyon. I felt the stillness in the air as I stared at the jagged edges of the canyon. Some points of the rock were masked by shadows, while other areas of the gorge possessed a clarity that needed little explanation. The metaphor did not escape me. Much of life centers on trying to obtain clarity, even when we are mired in darkness.

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 2. This book: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan:  I devoured this book on the road trip to the Grand Canyon. This is a collection of posthumous essays and short stories from Marina Keegan, a Yale graduate who passed away in a car accident. Only 21, she carried the wisdom of an old soul.

Some favorite lines: “What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over.” “We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.”

 

3.  These magnets: I have a set of these magnets in my office. They are simple reminders on what is important. Every time I look up, it gives me a chance to consider the possibilities of these words. And it reminds me to actively try to integrate practicing these actions in my daily life.

 

4. This summer tote: Summer is here and it means trips to the pool and errands around town.  This tote is practical and sporty. You can also personalize these Land’s End canvas bags with your initials or your name.

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