Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Things We Notice

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Have you ever noticed when you purchase a new car, you see many others just like yours?

Or when you are/were pregnant, many other women were pregnant too?

Funny how that happens.

I noticed the same thing last week when I was reading everyone's one little word posts.  It seemed as if a common theme thread its way through many posts.  

One of relaxation and reflection.
Slowness and simplicity.

Many people seem to be less driven and have more of the attitude of taking time, slowing down and noticing what has been given.  

I saw words such as presence, essential, believe, intentional, happy, joy, possible, wonder, developing, contentment, wait and home.  I even learned a new word: selah, holy pause, which really encompasses all of these words.  

I also noticed that many of these words were not verbs or words of action; they were nouns and adjectives or states of being.

Maybe there was a reason why I noticed.


  1. I had a similar noticing, and I think our community's vibe washes over us so we kind of are in a similar space. Here's to taking time to breathe, be present, intend, etc. Slow down and be apart of this world. Isn't that what Tuesdays feel like?

  2. I've also noticed that too and I think it's great. I chose Listen so that I could do better as a mother, wife, and writer. :) We'll see where it takes me. :)

  3. I did not notice that thread. I think it's a testament to this fast-paced, always connected world. We are all looking to slow down... for Selah. :)

  4. I didn't notice the thread either. Maybe we as a whole are realizing that life is short and we need to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life.

  5. Thanks for sharing those observations, Leigh Anne. Perhaps taking a deep breath helps everyone survive the fast pace we seem to have embraced. I love that last quote!

  6. It sounds like the magical grace of community is happening and without knowing it, the members are feeding each other's souls.

  7. How interesting! I think we all wish to slow down and enjoy the moments - perhaps 2016 will be the year for this.

  8. This is a great noticing, Leigh Anne! It's kind of funny that so many OLW's are about relaxation and slowing down...wishful thinking, I suppose!

  9. These are great noticings, Leigh Anne. I noticed commonalities among the words too. (And also learned what selah meant!)

  10. Love that quote, Leigh Anne! So important, but sometimes such a challenge!