When this very second is no longer the future and becomes the past in less time than it takes to type this sentence, living in the moment almost seems easy, but is it? If I just plug along and operate on auto pilot, it is. When I stop, step back, and breathe I am able to  appreciate and acknowledge the ephemeral beauty, as well as chaos, that I am an integral part of and might otherwise miss…

Mahalo Io,
for this magnificent morning

FullSizeRender_3 for caressing my cheek with Your warm breath
and fanning a palm earlier today on the distant horizon

FullSizeRender reminding me to swing, sway, and dance with joy in Your honor.

Mahalo Io
for spraying whip cream angels riding dragons across the vast canopy

FullSizeRender_1 reminding me You have a wonderful sense of humor.

Mahalo Io
for awakening the memory of Your voice in every wave’s thundering crash

FullSizeRender_1and for leaving behind a hint of Your kiss in its wake,
hidden in the surf’s spray

FullSizeRender reminding me You are always present,
even in a nonchalant passer-by.

Mahalo Io
for the miniscule fly skittering helter-skelter across this page
reminding me that although I am but a tiny speck of protein in this infinite universe
I  have a great impact on my world

beach garbage3

One that is definitely not as decorative, but quite possibly longer lasting

beach garbage

 than those left by my ancestors

HI petroglyphs

Mahalo Io
for giving me this opportunity to recognize on my own that now is the time to act.

Mahalo Io
for a new day


and renewed hope

FullSizeRenderAll is well.
Mahalo Io.

And mahalo nui loa to you my reader. Thank you very much for joining me today.
Malama pono – until we meet again.

About Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner

I am an adventure seeking ponderer of the mysteries of the universe, writer of children's books (represented by Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency), and lover of anything involving armor, archery, or swashbuckling.
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  1. Diane Jay says:

    Namaste! Beautiful words and photos. Thank you for reminding us to balance.

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  2. A.PROMPTreply says:

    Wow, Donna….that first pic is a doozy! Love it. Thanks for this post…it’s uplifting!


  3. Dietrich Heidtmann says:

    Looks like you’re having a great time!! Not sure when life brings me to San Francisco again but let me know when you two come through Europe / Paris. Warm regards dman

    Sent from my iPhone



  4. Corinne says:

    Vacation in Paradise…how Lucky!


  5. Lyn says:

    Glorious photos, Donna. That first one is particularly spectacular 🙂


  6. Tracey says:

    Wonderful words and pics Donna! Namaste.


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