Pause, Rest, and Take a Deep Breath

Thank you for clicking through and reading my posts.

Words and photos, carefully chosen with you in mind.

In a world full of uncertainty, rush, and strife

I want your brief time in my digital space

to enrich and nourish your life.

An inspired space to pause, rest, and take a deep breath.

For just a moment, before you are on your way.

While here, glance at a tree, a stream, or the setting sun.

Nothing new, you’ve seen these things before.

And yet, inspiring images that remind us

we are sharing this miraculous world – our planet of one.

So, before you click through

and move along with your day,

I once again, say Thank You

for stopping by and for sharing this space.

If you know someone whose week was long

giving them no chance to pause.

Please pass this post along

and encourage them to rest.

The hurry in life will find them again,

but for now, remind them to slow down

and take a deep breath.

I am wrapping up Story #33 in my 50 Life Stories collection. Seventeen more to go! My original goal was to complete my 50th story by the week of Thanksgiving. That clearly did not happen, since Thanksgiving just passed. However, I continue making progress and I am staying faithful to my first priority, which was to give each story the attention it deserves. Story #32 was about our adventure traveling on the Road to Hana along the eastern side of Maui. For those not familiar, the Road to Hana is a legendary road that takes travelers through lush rainforests, and past waterfalls, plunging pools, and historic sites. The road also requires caution because it contains 620 curves, 59 bridges (old and rickety), and is a one-lane road in several locations. We had quite an adventure that day and I enjoyed reliving the experience on the page. Writing about the turns and steep cliffs made me almost as queasy as being there.

I updated my Featured Poetry page. My most recent featured poem was inspired after reading an article about the homeless living in Tucson, Arizona. During a week when many Americans are focused on what we are thankful for, including our favorite foods, there are also those among us who are lost, lonely, hungry, and cast aside. Fortunately, this is also the time of year when many people reach out and lend a hand to those in need. My poem was written to remember the hungry and lost walking among us and as a reminder, to myself, to be one of those people who helps, rather than looks away.

If you are receiving my blog through email, thank you for taking the time to follow my blog. For optimum viewing, consider going directly to the web @ for each post. However you choose to look at my posts and pictures, thank you! Have an inspired weekend! Michele

Picture 1: Pausing my pedaling to enjoy the view – Seawall, Vancouver, BC. Picture 2: Patagonia Lake State Park – Nogales, Arizona Picture 3: Arizona sunset – San Tan Valley, Arizona Picture 4: Japanese Friendship Garden – Phoenix, Arizona Picture 5: Kula Botanical Garden – Maui, Hawaii Picture 6: Me on Roosevelt Row – Phoenix, Arizona

© 2020 Michele Lee Sefton. All Rights Reserved.

4 thoughts on “Pause, Rest, and Take a Deep Breath

  1. andrewdavid1668

    Hello michele i find myself compelled to say thank you for your blog, its awesome and you are an amazing person, i live in England and to see photos of your part of the world is just fantastic, your words are just perfect. Thank you.

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