Thursday morning rhythms
September 7, 2017 11:52am CST
Life is full of rhythm. I want to tune in more and more to the natural rhythms in life, that often go unnoticed, when things may seem so chaotic. In a little over an hour, I will pick up my friend to come to help me today. I am a little bit embarrassed that I have done so little without her this week, but I will not cancel our time together. That is a promise that we made to each other--we will keep our Thursdays open for the other one, unless it is an emergency situation. Getting into the rhythm of life's promises and the friendship that we share is becoming easier as we share these small joys. I have always loved that the smell of the cooking of beans seems to signal cool, fall weather. The natural rhythm of the changing seasons comes in gently or like a whirlwind, but it will come. Yesterday, I soaked two types of beans. Each are now on the stove simmering. The garbanzos (chickpeas) will be used to make chana masala, and also a hummus. The other beans, which I think are pintos (I bought them from a bulk store and didn't label them), have not been designated for a specific purpose. I wanted to get the cooking of them done for use in a few days. Again, there seems to be a rhythm or pattern here for me. Getting into the rhythm of preparation and planning. The dishwasher has been loaded and is now playing its song. The clothes dryer has joined in with its (almost) syncopated rhythm from down the hall. On this Thursday--Clutter Project day--I am intensely reminded of the natural rhythms than are part of every day life. And, as soon as I return with BK, we'll find some musical rhythms to enjoy as we continue to clean and de-clutter. Photo credit: Pixabay, CC0
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• United States
I got through a lot more yesterday than I have in the past. The thing that's the most frustrating is that I sort through things but have to put them back in boxes. But there's more trash that's going out in more recycle. I've written all about it so I don't want to repeat myself here but maybe it's coming together.
• French Polynesia
That is the only way to enjoy life. Get into the flow of things and keep going. Have fun and enjoy your rhythms, but most of all have fun. Clutter can get you down so laugh about it and keep on digging and throwing until it is all gone.
• French Polynesia
@CoralLevang This has always been my moto when there is something that overwhelms me. I just keep on plugging away and little by little it disappears and soon it is gone. I went back to the garden after a week of rain. I looked around and was in total shock. My nice clean garden is now filled with giant weeds. I have so many to pull it is hard to know where to start. So I grab my bucket and knife and start digging away. Each day I have less and less and soon they will all be gone.
It is so nice waking up in the morning to the sound of the natural rhythms in life; the upbeat chirping of the birds, the exciting sound of the crickets, the steady calming sound of the water coming from the faucet or shower, the rooster crowing, the rabbit happily jumping around the grasses, nature reminding us of God's wonderful creation.. :-)
• East Tawas, Michigan
What is chana masala? You also make hummus, something pretty healthy. I bought some once, but it was a little bit too spicy. So, getting into the rhythm means allowing life to flow, naturally around you? I think I understand it.
@CoralLevang I´m glad to be of help. Using soaked dry legumes seem the only way to do it for me as I had never known that legumes could be bought in cans until one of my adopted nephews got married in my house to an Australian bride who made humus with a can of garbanzos.