Monthly Archives: January 2014

Pinecone Delights

IMG_1614 IMG_1616For decades we have walked down our one way road each morning. We know every bump and crack along the route, so you can imagine our surprise when recently, strategically placed pinecones began appearing. Yes, the random pinecones that fell in disarray the night before were still evident, but these pinecones were different. They glistened atop granite rocks, they lined the curbsides, they saluted us from wooden posts, they decorated the neighbors stair rails. Their purpose and their artistry were a mystery.

Who was re-arranging the pinecones and why?

In the days to follow, these questions continued to dominate our conversation and our curiosity. We invented games, which revolved around spotting newly positioned pinecones. Nor could we resist altering the pinecones. Moving, relocating, stacking, creating variations on the pinecone sculptures became our interactive exercise as we walked.

But the question of why the pinecones were appearing remained; until one morning we saw our prime suspect walking toward us. We asked if she was the creative force behind the pinecones, to which she gleefully admitted, “I am.” Hearing her explain the emergence of the Pinecone Delights touched our hearts.

How does one provide comfort when someone else has experienced a devastating life event? Her display of pinecones was intended to lift the spirits of one of our neighbors, who had lost his son just before the new year. She wanted him to encounter a series of small surprises as he walked his dog each day, a distraction from grief. The pinecones are Unexpected Delights not only for him, but for all of us who became an unknowing part of this loving act. We hope our engagement with the pinecones has perpetuated the delight and brought additional joy. A clear intention to comfort and this simple, yet inventive act of kindness has uplifted all our hearts.

Can you think of an unexpected delight that has uplifted your heart today?

“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuos small treats.” -Iris Murdoch from The Sea, the Sea


Unexpected Delights





The appearance of a hummingbird in this photo was an Unexpected Delight for me! My focus had been on an early Spring bloom on the California coast, but this hummingbird must have floated into the scene just as I clicked my cell phone camera. Hummingbirds are amazing creatures that awaken the sense of wonder in us all. This one was no exception. Appearing in January at the beginning of a new year’s cycle was even more extraordinary, since the hummingbird signals a time of new nectar in our lives and reminds us that our dreams are closer to being fulfilled. The hummingbird traditionally heralds joy and accomplishment, the promise of success and renewed health. What better time than right now to begin a new story in our lives and set about uplifting hearts in our own unique ways.

I am thrilled when unexpected delights appear, because they allow us to invite Adventure into our routine. If you want to begin the year feeling exhilarated, create a Heart Intention of exploring new experiences.

Here is an example from You Are So You! The Path to Uplifting Hearts

Heart Intention

 Raise vibrations. Explore new experiences.

A Bold Heart explores connections by initiating adventures.It concentrates on what is happening outside your comfort zone. It will seek out new experiences. Its message will be one of anticipation and daring. When we discover it, we feel exhilarated.

Be an Unexpected Delight. Try to touch someones heart, the very pulse of all life forms. Turn a routine into an adventure of delight, rhythm, power and warmth.


“It is a miracle if you can find true friends, and it is a miracle if you have enough to eat, and it is a miracle if you get to spend your days and evenings doing whatever it is you like to do….” Limony Snicket, The Lump of Coal


I will share some additional “Unexpected Delights” in my next blog. In the meantime, please feel free to leave a Reply at the top of the page telling of any “Unexpected Delights that you have encountered. I will feature one of your Unexpected Delights in my end of January Newsletter.