Sheer Enjoyment

I’ve made no secret of complaining about our recent cold snap, but today was nearly 70 and mostly cloudy with a few peeks of sunshine. I was out in the yard struggling with the work I was doing and looked up at the sky, asking Robert aloud why he left so soon. The words were barely out of my mouth when the clouds parted and a big ol’ ray of sun came down, shining only on the area I was standing. He was saying, “What do you mean ‘left’?” I needed that reminder and I took a deep breath and stood there soaking up the sunshine for as long as the clouds allowed.

It made me think back to how long it had been since I simply took the time to enjoy nature without any distraction. Sadly, I couldn’t recall. This photo is from my early years, and I strongly remember snapping photos of this spectacular sunset. At some point it occured to me to lower the camera and just enjoy the one-of-a-kind miracle around me.

So I am making a new daily “to do” – to simply stop and soak in the natural beauty around me. The same as the “stop and smell the roses” advice. How long has it been since you paused for the sheer enjoyment of the moment? Let’s do this!

Here Comes The Sun

I need some sunshine in my life. Not only because it snowed today and our wind chill is in single digits tonight – in Louisiana I might add – but because thoughts are rising up in me about making changes in my life.

I ask my dearly departed Robert for guidance every day and he never fails to whisper the words I need. “If you aren’t happy, make a different choice.” Maybe a golden sunrise will bring me some inspiration. We all need a little of that sometimes. Here’s hoping that the sunshine warms our hearts and souls tomorrow.

No Defense

Once again, as nature becomes my analogy for life, the fact that nature never needs to defend itself crept into my thoughts today.

The delicate, gorgeous fern leaf never has a need to defend how long it takes to unfurl, how wide its leaves stretch, or how large it will grow. It simply is, and is allowed to be what it is. And all other nature around it does not question the fern either. Nature is allowing and forgiving, and 100% is-what-it-is.

Not so much with humans, but now that it has strongly come into my awareness, my new task at hand is to stop standing in defense of myself, and to also be more accepting of others. Thank you Mother Nature – (and Robert).

Winter’s Void

Lots of adjectives describe winter but today I connect with “void”. There are recents voids in my life and sometimes it feels like winter’s chill goes all the way to my core.

Of course, we know that without winter there can’t be a spring, so I have to consciously remind myself that the sun’s warmth, the tender greens, and the blossoms that make me smile are already in process and on the way to make me forget that a void ever existed.

Thank you Mother Nature. Your seasons are a perfect analogies for many of my life’s happenings.

Never Alone

A year ago tonight I snapped this iphone photo from the cemetary where a family member is at peace. I remember the passing thought that it can be a lonely place, but this photo confirms the opposite. Our beloveds who have crossed over can never be alone with trees full of prosper, a soft and colorful sunset, a drifting cloud, and a bright crescent moon. And I trust that the spirits of those we miss most are communing with it all. They are never alone. Maybe that thought can help those of us left behind feel less that way. Maybe.