linger a little longer

By Rachel Awes on June 1, 2010

i was feeling tired out & for one full day i was moved to linger a little longer. instead of getting right out of the car when i turned off the ignition, i first sat there a few minutes. i ate my food slower. i stopped to smell flowers. i found that i saw things that i wouldn’t have otherwise… pretty people walking by, a cardinal, & so on. & i felt more grateful, content, & rested. ahhh.

(etsy added, with love)

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  1. Diane says:

    I love the art that lives inside of your mind–you have a wonderful unique way of expressing it!!

  2. leonie.wise says:

    that is very wise advice

    glad you are feeling rested now
    x

  3. Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog!
    And what a lovely post this! I should do that more often …
    x

  4. ELK says:

    i will do that today ..such a wise way to rest in the word “linger”..blessings ELK

  5. i am going to linger a little longer right here….

  6. Kim Mailhot says:

    I think, I mean, I know I need to do this today. Thanks for the deep breath of fresh air, Lovely Rachel.
    Happy Tuesday.

  7. sherilee says:

    What a great reminder. I could use a little longer linger… Thanks, Rachel!

  8. wanda miller says:

    oh, how perfect is this…so well said and lead by your artwork portrayal…you so rock with being real and deep and yet light…!
    thank you for the note on my blog!!! i always love your retorts!! xo

  9. Kathianne says:

    I so love your blog.

  10. Lisa says:

    Mmmm…going to linger in this thought a bit longer. Absolutely lovely.

  11. lori vliegen says:

    lingering is a very good thing…..i’m going to (try to) do a lot of that this week! thank you, always, always for your sweet colorful inspiration, dear rachel!!! xox, :))

  12. YES! What a gift to yourself – a few extra moments to feel the day. I often tell people that one simple step towards appreciating the beauty around them on a deeper level is to spend one full minute with a flower. No distractions, just you and the flower. You discover so much you never saw before and hear whispers of wisdom that were drowned out before. You just illustrated it – wow!

  13. Kolleen says:

    wonderful words of insight from beautiful you!

    thank you dear Rachel…thank you!

    sending you a great big squeeze….do you feel it?!?!?

    xoxoox
    k

  14. Lisa says:

    I’ve been lingering longer too these days, Rachel! ๐Ÿ™‚ This image reminds me of the woman you saw, tending to her garden.

  15. Manon Doyle says:

    Thank you for that!! I will try and linger tomorrow!! : )

  16. This makes me think of that song, Dream a little dream of me, it goes…stars fading but I linger on dear. Beautiful colors and words Rachel.
    โ™ฅJenny

  17. Megan Coyle says:

    What lovely words ๐Ÿ™‚ this is something I think we all forget to do from time to time. Life can move by so quickly, it sure is good to linger a little longer with certain moments ๐Ÿ™‚ Another inspiring image and phrase. Lovely.

  18. Izzy says:

    thanks for the reminder… i want rachel art to paper all my walls, so much love!!

    big hug, izzy

  19. elizabeth says:

    I will do that tomorrow.

    I got my cards! So very excited to send them to someone(s). Just beautiful. (I think the print is here too but it got left at the office so I need to get it tomorrow.)

  20. Tonight I walked out of the gas station and smelled the most glorious flowery mixture of jasmine and orange blossoms. I lingered in it, standing there inhaling the air until it disappeared. And now here I linger in your beautiful artwork and words!

    Joyfully,
    Carissa

  21. Faiza says:

    i find the more i linger, the more i just breeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeathe in the beauty around me. here’s to the linger…

  22. lillalotta says:

    This is the best advice ever. I think I will listen. And linger much more. Thanks for sharing.

  23. A great reminder. Buddy loves to linger. He knows what’s best. He was born knowing.

  24. wanda miller says:

    you have just gotta tell me what you meant by liking the “green yellow white thing in middle right??? i just can’t figure out what, curiosity is killin’ me.
    and thank for such a GREAT comment once again!! xoxo

  25. wanda miller says:

    oh wait, rachel, i think i see now…you meant the hunk o’ fabric probably…you’d think i wasn’t visual or something, duhhhh. xoxo

  26. Whosyergurl says:

    thoughtful living.

    have you read “eat, pray, love?”

    xo, Cheryl

  27. hey rachel –

    i found you through wanda miller’s blog via danielle fraser’s blog…..blog hopping is fun and you never know who you’ll find. your work is absolutely charming!! glad i found you!
    best
    mindy

  28. Dee says:

    The one nice thing about growing older is that lingering is at the top of your daily comings and goings.

  29. Thank you, I think I will. What a lovely embrace she has. I can feel it from here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. I am glad you found me so now I found your beautiful blog. I love your style and the way you use colors, your works makes me feel happy!
    Stay cool and I will come back for more!

  31. Kelly Lish says:

    So happy to have found your beautiful blog…your work is wonderful!

  32. That sounds like a great idea. Linger a little longer ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cheers,
    jj

  33. chrissy says:

    by the time i finally comment…
    it.s all been said.
    ahhhh!
    that.s what i.ll say.
    (it was an exhale of stress and a relaxing of my tight shoulders as the breath came out of my mouth…)
    as usual
    love.
    c

  34. aimee says:

    is it just me, or does everyone else want to take a big bowl of your drawings and nibble on their juicy goodness for dessert??

  35. Mary says:

    such simple things can transform!
    glad to have found you!

  36. I absolutely love how my breathing slows down and my heart settles into peaceful rhythms when I pop by to visit your blog. Thanks for the share.
    -Jennifer

  37. OH THAT IS SO NICE! i try to do that all the time…i look at the intricate patterns of frost on windowsills and flower petals and really listen to the rain falling….all as if it were for the first time.

    this really is a great post!
    ciao bella!
    creative carmelina

  38. Eden says:

    What a cool site you have! I adore your drawings and little ladies and the inspiration you write about! I will be stopping by often. Have a Great Day ๐Ÿ˜€

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