This Thomas Moore quote resonates deeply within my homemaker heart.
I tend to drift past life's daily rituals without truly observing their significance; without stopping to be grateful.
That's what I thought they were till recently. Chores. Obligations. Even burdens.
But they're not that at all.
The things I attend to within my home are a privilege.
Within these walls I get to care for people I love and people who love me.
I am allowed to create an environment which family and friends assure me is welcoming and homely; an environment that tangibly wraps itself around them and says, "stay awhile, I love having you here".
For too long I did not see any of that.
But now I do, and my soul is nourished.
Just as a fresh cake or Christmas buns straight from the oven fill this house with an aroma of home-baked love, so too the fragrance of my attitude can carry itself through every room and each heart - but the effect will last beyond our afternoon tea.
Next year is not just about living the gentle domestic life.
I must also examine the atmosphere inside this home as I go about it's daily tasks and privileges.
I desire to magnify an attitude of thankfulness, gratitude, and happiness within my spirit to the point where it becomes the most natural expression of my soul.
It feels like I've walked to the end of a long winding country path and have just discovered there were wildflowers growing by the roadside all the way and I missed them in my hurry-up preoccupation.
Time to turn around and take it all in as I wander, slowly, back to where I belong.
It's our 24th wedding anniversary today, the perfect moment to turn around and marvel at the view.