What Money Can’t Buy

This morning, an exceptionally beautiful morning, while watering the plants in the front yard and on the back deck, it occurred to me that there isn’t anything that I could buy that could add to my appreciation of this moment.

The air is clear, the water is pristine, the sky is a brilliant blue, the plants are appreciating my attention. I am simmering oatmeal with the apples I dried last autumn. I add toasted almonds and a touch of honey with a dribble of half-and-half for the occasion. Perhaps a sprinkle of cinnamon.

“Happy. Thank You. More Please.”

This is actually the name of a movie from 2011. The premise being that noticing when you’re happy, give gratitude and let the universe hear that yes, you’d like more of that which makes you happy. Hmmm.

This morning, rather than battling the negatives…I notice the wonders and what makes me happy. Yes, it’s all fleeting…but we’re so quick to say what we don’t want and build defenses against that, whatever it is. When, in fact, we can say I want more of that which makes me happy. Please and thank you.

Realizing that buying and owning something else isn’t going to bring me any closer to happiness than I am right this second, I settle into this moment.

Part Two:–same day.

Didn’t I say that it is all fleeting?

Being in the flow, when things are going in your favor, that’s great. Isn’t it! I notice how I can get into trouble when I multi-task–which I have a tendency to do. I could attribute it to being a Leo with double Gemini in my astrological birth chart. During the childrearing years, I learned to multi-task quite well. I always envied the way my ex-husband could devote himself fully to one project at a time. He didn’t have to change diapers, supervise the children’s work and play, clean house, do the laundry, cook dinner, plan the next grocery shopping expedition…he could focus on painting a wall in the living room for eight hours straight without interruption–when he finally got around to it.

Today’s flow was interrupted when I began the multi-tasking. Watering the front and back gardens mixed with painting a portrait mixed with cleaning up the kitchen mixed with cooking and proceeding to burn the broccoli for the quiche I plan to make. So with the house smelling of burnt broccoli, having turned off the sprinkler in the backyard and laid aside the painting, I remember that flow is best when the focus is on one thing at a time. I remember, when I am present with that one thing at a time, I give attention to whatever the task at hand is. I feel more in balance.

What about you? This morning? Do you take note of the gift in the fleeting moment? The one that money can’t buy? The one when something beautiful strikes you and you pause to be with such beauty. Taking time to treasure that which makes you happy…I recommend it.

4 thoughts on “What Money Can’t Buy

  1. I am really thinking about this…because I do believe in multi tasking, whether it is in the kitchen or in the art room. For example, while gesso is drying, I might be adding the final touches on some small projects and then from there, work on an experiment…and then go back to the dried gessoed canvas. Having said that, there are moments that are meant to be savoured without distractions from too many other tasks…listening to a grandchild telling about his or her day, sitting outdoors and feeling the breeze on a beautiful day….so I guess I am a little of both! Though provoking post! ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Louise. I appreciate hearing about your process with art and life. I’m guessing that I’m going to continue multi-tasking but taking longer moments to pause and really experience some things more deeply. I’ve noticed when i allow those deep pauses, my own depth is accessible.

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  2. As I get older, I notice I don’t multi-task as well. I used to be a master at multi-tasking. Occasionally I actually get into a flow while doing this, but honestly I love those times when I’m fully focused and engaged with one thing. Time seems to expand and I enter a beautiful realm of being luxuriously present moment to moment.

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