Here’s a good way to begin a Stillness Sunday: Take a long walk with a good friend. Laugh and talk and catch up as the miles go by. Hatch crazy plans. Admire other people’s dogs. That’s how I started the day.
Bonus points if you use your bike to get to your walking meeting spot. Triple score if you take photos of every sycamore along the way! (I am in the middle of a love affair with sycamore trees that I’m sure you’ll see or hear more about in future posts and can also note in previous posts. For now, here’s a sycamore slide show.)
Oh, and as for the triple points, you’re right. We aren’t really keeping score on Stillness Sundays.
You could also take a long walk by yourself. I know the snowed in folks are getting tired of the snow, but I’ve seen so many beautiful photos of snowy landscapes thanks to all of the post-a-day bloggers! Bundle up and zip out there! And if it’s not below zero, perhaps you could even take a snowy night hike. Snow is great for reflecting whatever light there is and providing enough to see by. I think I would be up for a snowy night hike tonight if I lived in a snowy place.
Or if you just aren’t up for outdoor activities, you could try working on something where you really have to concentrate. Something meticulous, like this.
Ok, if you are still reading and you didn’t click the link on “this” above, you really must go back and click it. I have a compulsion that every photo on my blog must be taken by me (this may change in the future, but it’s how I feel now) so you must click the link to see the beautiful things. Don’t worry – it will open in a new window so you can come right back here with no problem. I don’t get money or a special prize if you click it, I just want you to see it! I was mesmerized by the detailed and creative work of this artist and what evocative scenes she created with simple cardboard tubes! She also creates beautiful collages, like this ABC of Professions. And she lives in Paris! Lucky her!
Being meticulous. This is one of the things I’m working on, or maybe not working on – I’m not sure. I’ve never been very meticulous. I just want to get it done. I used to staple my doll clothes because I didn’t want to take the time to sew them. I prefer projects that don’t take too long to complete so I can see what they’re going to turn out like! I like short deadlines and quick turn arounds. Apparently that approach is a good fit for a teacher as teaching is all about short deadlines and quick turn arounds. Blogging too, I suppose!
So there’s my Stillness Sunday idea list. Take a walk, try something meticulous, or at least admire someone else’s ability to be meticulous, and appreciate the sycamore trees!