Contributed by April Blogger of the Month, Katherine Mason
I just love this month’s theme: renew. The word alone packs a powerful dose of meaning for me, and I imagine for you too. Sometimes we don’t even know that our souls needed to be renewed, while other times a renewal is an answer to a very patient prayer. I believe we have a glimmer of opportunity for renewal each day if we pay close enough attention.
Oklahoma has done a doozy on my senses and general well being these past few months in the most beautiful way. Hubby and I moved here to Owasso, Oklahoma back in late August for his job. We moved from the Washington, D.C. area which was a beautiful place to live in some ways, but not so much in others. We crave the country, crickets, farmland, genuinely kind people, and really good BBQ. Saying “yes!” to this work-related move out here just made perfect sense. I’m so glad we did, because it has truly heightened my senses to the newness around me.
I’ve developed a practice towards capturing these senses that I’d like to share with you. It’s pretty easy to do now that spring is right around the corner. You finish your day with a focus on each sense that you remember best, and then write it down as if you want to bottle up that moment for a rainy day. Here’s mine:
Sight – that drive into work where the fog was nestled into the countryside as if it wanted to sleep in just a little bit longer.
Taste – of a Starbucks’ silky vanilla latte while starting work this morning.
Smell – the smell of a distant campfire. It’s one of my all time favorite smells, and I sense it often as I leave the city of Tulsa and head back home.
Feel – the feeling of the cool late-March air aiding my adrenaline on tonight’s short run around the neighborhood.
Sound – right now, of crickets, frogs, an occasional bark from the neighbor’s dog, and our own dog, Stella, lightly snoring as she drifts off to sleep.
These are all sweet little reminders that my soul was renewed today.
Will you do me a huge favor? In the comments below, will you share your 5 senses from today? I’d love to hear them!
Katherine Mason is the owner/freelance writer for Newlie Creative, LLC and author to her blog, “Newlie.” By day she works in Admissions at Clary Sage College in Tulsa. She was born in Charlotte, NC, grew up near Philadelphia, PA, and is a proud graduate of Washington College in MD.