When I turned 79 this August, I decided to celebrate each day of my 80th year on the planet by making an origami heart.
I started out with traditional origami paper, six inch square, but have branched out since, buying Italian marbleized and other art papers, and have even made small hearts which I may turn into earrings. The larger ones will be finding their way to friends and family.
The simple, meditative effect of folding each heart gives me a small moment to focus on gratitude for my life. It also allows me to think about “courage,” derived from the Latin word for “heart” as we continue to navigate through the pandemic unpredictability. “Take heart,” my title says. Indeed. It’s not always easy, but I keep at it.
Here are a few more of my many grateful hearts…
♥On My Bookshelf: Food for Thought
I just bought Stanley Tucci’s latest book Taste: My Life Through Food and hope to begin it soon. In the meantime, I slowly read through a lovely upper “Journal for Self Exploration” called Start Where you Are by Meera Lee Patel which has many inspiring recognizable quotes, delicate illustrations, and space to write reflections on prompts. Here’s a prompt for you: “List five things that always and immediately bring a smile to your face.” And a quote by Arthur Ashe: “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” Is it ever too late for some self-exploration? Hmm…
This is a second shout-out for a game I mentioned in my blog last year called Original Table Topics: Questions to Start Great Conversations. We played with the questions a bit on Thanksgiving, and I thought they were fun and thought-provoking. Here are a few of the questions that we tackled: “If you could do something dangerous just once with no risk what would you do?” And “Would you rather live by the beach or in the mountains?” And “What’s the biggest lie you told as a child?” For more information on this original set or to peruse other sets, see www.tabletopics.com.
♥Fun and Yum
We are loving a gift sent to us—a Bonne Maman Advent Calendar. For each day of Advent, we open a paper doorway to a holiday phrase and a mini-checkered-topped jar of fruit spreads or honey. Sweet, in so many ways!