A Moment for Spring
Here in the Midwest, Spring has definitely sprung.
I’ve enjoyed watching it come back to the land more then ever this year. Perhaps its the fact our rental home was cooler than I would have liked, my increased focus on the natural world, or perhaps my relationship to it has changed with my grandmother’s passing? I’m much more aware of the wellspring of energy that Spring brings with it. Flowers, tree buds, birds, animals, and Life everywhere. Mother Nature is up, about, and has had her coffee!
How many of us move through our day without taking even three minutes to stop and appreciate what is happening around us? Do you take the time to look deeply into the pistils and petals of a flower? Have you stopped everything to just stop and watch a robin or the interactions of a few city sparrows? Is there time enough to stop and just listen to birdsong?
It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day struggles, isn’t it? How do the contentions of crows and cardinals stand against the pressures of taxes and utility bills? With each hour of a stressful day or week our personal focus narrows and we lose sight of the beauty around us. To widen the blinders all we have to do, for even five minutes, is to just stop. Such an easy thing to do but so hard to remember!
Take a few minutes today and give it a try. You don’t have to make it into an outing and it doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t have to be sunny. You can be in your car or look out your office window. See how far you have to go to find something of Nature then take a good long look at it. My guess is it will be much closer then you think. It also doesn’t have to be a flower or an animal. Rocks, clouds, and wind work just as well. When you’re done notice how you feel. Then, move on with what you have to do.
Wash, rinse, and repeat as needed throughout the day.
If you do, you’ll notice there is a dance going on.