A Sense of Place

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Have you noticed that I love this coffee table?  Back when I used to write in my old blog, The Delicious Home, I talked about this beloved coffee table.  Check it out here: If Furniture Could Talk.

One of my favorite go-to books on living with mindful gratitude is called Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat.  I love how it contains Anne Sexton's reflective poem, Welcome Morning.

Welcome Morning by Anne Sexton

There is joy
in all:
in the hair I brush each morning,
in the Cannon towel, newly washed,
that I rub my body with each morning,
in the chapel of eggs I cook
each morning,
in the outcry from the kettle
that heats my coffee
each morning,
in the spoon and the chair
that cry "hello there, Anne"
each morning,
in the godhead of the table
that I set my silver, plate, cup upon
each morning.

All this is God,
right here in my pea-green house
each morning
and I mean,
though often forget,
to give thanks,
to faint down by the kitchen table
in a prayer of rejoicing
as the holy birds at the kitchen window
peck into their marriage of seeds.

So while I think of it,
let me paint a thank-you on my palm
for this God, this laughter of the morning,
lest it go unspoken.

The Joy that isn't shared I've heard,
dies young.

In the common and familiar, we do find our sense of place in the world.  We can be away from home--feeling out of place--but when we sense what we know to be true, there is comfort in that knowing and recognizing.  We just have to slow down and spot it.  There is Joy.

A few of my joys lately...

Sight: purple and blue hydrangeas on my kitchen table
Smell: chlorine from the swimming pool on hot afternoon
Sound: The Perfect Kiss by New Order playing at Chocolati Cafe on Greenwood Avenue, Seattle
Taste: my morning espresso; rich and potent, like a fresh waffle cone dipped in chocolate
Touch: cool sheets at the end of a full day

What are some of your joys?


  1. I LOVE this! You were right! It was so appropriate for where I am right now as I think of home. LOVE You!

  2. It's funny how things work out that way;) Have a safe, connected, and nourishing trip back home with your beautiful family, Renee. Love you too!

  3. What a lovely post! Gratitude and mindful living all wrapped up in gorgeousness! Love the Anne Sexton poem and I'll have to look for Spiritual Literacy. I'm visiting from The August Break. Nice to meet you!

  4. So great to meet you too, Snap. Especially via August Break! Thanks for visiting:) I can't wait to see your photos!

  5. Hi Charmaine :) I'm Ana Eugénio from Portugal and I'm doing the August Break with you too ;) hope you have an extraordinary week ahead. xxo

  6. I like what your senses of joy. Right now I am enjoying the quiet mess around me and the fact that it'll be clean soon, but not just yet. I'm excited to see what you post for the August Break. :)

  7. Hi Ana and Alison! Thanks for visiting my blog. I love meeting fellow August Breakers:) I'm looking forward to seeing your posts too!

  8. p.s. Alison, I know what you mean about a "quiet mess." :) Hoping for some relief for you soon!

  9. Bonjour Dear Charmaine, your lovely posts always make me smile, especially after having been away from home from a while. I LOVE this reminder: "There is Joy...All this is God..." Must check out the book you recommended, Spiritual Literacy :)

  10. Bonjour, Catherine! I hope you had fun in France. I've been busy with traveling and family visits, so I must get back to posting again. I miss it. I can't wait to catch up with you!


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