Wordless Wednesday (Shades of Autumn Finale Edition)

This is Week Eight of the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. It’s finale week!
For finale week, I am sharing images from the labyrinth garden at my church (Holy Comforter Episcopal). Last Saturday, I spent time in the labyrinth reflecting on the experiences I had and the images I captured during the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge. As I walked the labyrinth, the main thing that came to mind is that although the focus was on images, there were also many special people involved in helping make those images happen, such as the rare opportunity to be with my friends Audrey and Kimmi that resulted in my green week post or the kind employee at Esposito’s who helped me pick out the perfect milkweed plant to attract monarch butterflies for orange week.

The Labyrinth, Autumn 2011:

If you are interested in learning more about labyrinths as spirtual tools, here is one resource.

Finally, thank you to Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, Alicia of Project Alicia, and Rebecca of Bumbles and Light for coordinating this challenge. I can’t think of a week during the challenge when one of the organizers did not comment on my post. Thank you for your encouragement and the work each of you put into coordinating this challenge.

Ten Things I Would Do Instead (A Mama Kat Writing Workshop Prompt)

First of all, thank you, Mama Kat for using my suggestion as one of your prompts this week (number 1 in this list)! I am going to wait to write to that prompt in the future — it’s going to take a little research but I collected some vibrant flower photos on my recent trip to New York City that I hope to work into the post when I write it, such as this:
For tonight, I decided to stick with my http://www.random.org/ tradition and I ended up with number four: ten things you would do if you didn’t have to work.
If I didn’t have to work, I would have written this blog earlier in the day (1) and I would not be facing a night with approximately 4.5 hours worth of stuff to do and about 2.5 hours to do it in.
If I didn’t have to work, I would still work (2) but the terms would be different. I would spend more time on the causes I love, throwing more of my best skills and most passionate energies into them.
If I didn’t have to work, there would be more child-centered activity in my life (3). Mother nature has decreed that there will not be any more biological children, and I am not sure if we would adopt. But I could see exchange students, preemies being cuddled at the hospital, adolescents who are adrift being given 2 hours of unconditional adult attention regularly.
If I didn’t have to work, my house would be SO MUCH MORE FlyLadied (4) (and yes I know FlyLady is for stay at home’s and working moms but for me, it would be so much more manageable with the “not working” plan).
If I didn’t have to work, my exercise life would be different (5). I could leave the wet-wipe and dry-shampoo (which really doesn’t do much shampooing) morning routines behind. Nothing like going through the entire workday pretty much as sweaty as you were after your workout. I could pick and choose better weather options, incorporate more cross-training, and really embrace that “park at the back of the parking lot and walk to the store in order to fit in more exercise” thing because I wouldn’t have to have been somewhere else five minutes ago.
If I didn’t have to work, I would go with my natural biorhythms more. That 3:00 10-minute nap (6) wouldn’t have to be taken in a parked car or …. I’ll spare you the other options …. it could be taken in a more appropriate place.
If I didn’t have to work [editor’s note – this was more of an issue when the kids were little but it still bothers me] I would never again take out my stress and frustration on my little kid on the way to day care, saying things like, “My boss is going to be so mad if I am late so HURRY UP!”. That’s not how I want my kids to think the work world works. (7)
If I didn’t have to work, I’d take day trips to do extras acting gigs in Orlando, Atlanta, Miami – anywhere! (8)
If I didn’t have to work, I would travel more and would most definitely go to Spanish language immersion school (9). [editor’s note – the “you don’t have to work” fairy has to have supplied income and health insurance for this list to manifest itself!]
If I didn’t have to work, I would walk a prayer labyrinth (10) more often, meditating on my gratitude for having a choice.
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