Sunday, April 21, 2013

It Does a Body Good

I love to read. I read a lot - not as much as I used to, but as much as I can fit in. This past week, I finished the book, The Rent Collector, by Camron Wright. It was really good. Read it, you'll like it. It was about the difference that education, and specifically literature, can make in our lives. It was also a wonderful reminder to look beneath the surface - to look for and recognize the beauty around us (because it IS there) not only in the people we meet, but in the circumstances of our lives.  

In that theme, I'm noticing the beauty in my own life. I'm calling it out. The following poem was included in The Rent Collector. I love it. It reminds me of a children's book we have called I Love You So, by Marianne Richmond.

Love Forever, by Joni Buehner

    If I were the trees...
     I would turn my leaves to gold and scatter them toward
the sky so they would circle about your head and fall in piles
at your feet...
     so you might know wonder.

     If I were the mountains...
     I would crumble down and lift you up so you could see all
of my secret places, where the rivers flow and the animals run
     so you might know freedom.

     If I were the ocean...
     I would raise you onto my gentle waves and carry you
across the seas to swim with the whales and the dolphins in the
moonlit waters,
     so you might know peace.

     If I were the stars...
     I would sparkle like never before and fall from the sky as
gentle rain,
     so that you would always look towards heaven and know
that you can reach the stars.

     If I were the moon...
     I would scoop you up and sail you through the sky and
show you the Earth below in all its wonder and beauty,
     so you might know that all the Earth is at your command.

     If I were the sun...
     I would warm and glow like never before and light the sky
with orange and pink,
     so you would gaze upward and always know the glory of

     But I am me...
     and since I am the one who loves you, I will wrap you in
my arms and kiss you and love you with all of my heart,
     and this I will do until...
     the mountains crumble down...
     and the oceans dry up...
     and the stars fall from the sky...
     and the sun and moon burn out...
     And that is forever.

My life is far from perfect. But, there are some days that get pretty darn close. These people (and many others!) bring such beauty to my life. And it is for them that I share this poem. They help to make it complete. They make it colorful and exciting and frightening and fun and wonderful and dreadful and lovely and overwhelming and funny and satisfying and hard and so, so, so worth it.
This was one of those near-perfect days

FOOD: Okayish - a few days were hard - couldn't stop munching
FOOD TRACKING: Not great - 1 & 2 partial days of 7
EXERCISE: womp, womp... just a couple hours of light yard work


  1. I am so glad you enjoyed the book. I think it is
    indeed literature, a classic.
    You have a beautiful soul and I love you very much. mom b.

  2. I have that feeling sometimes too...Not perfect, but it can come close!