Thought I would take a walk and get inspired to write my Blog post for this week. Flowers and shrubs and trees are blooming everywhere here. Hummingbirds are swarming and appear to have trouble deciding just which flower to dine at today. Wish I could have gotten a picture of one; but they are much too quick for my amateur photography skills.
I find it very interesting how, when we are going through our daily routine, we often don’t take the time to observe what is happening right in front of our face! Our eyes “see” what is in front of us; but somehow it just doesn’t register with the rest of our being. I wonder if we just get ‘hardened’ to the daily mundane or if we actually have to train ourselves to really “see” with more than our eyes. I know when I was strolling around I started feeling very excited about what I might anticipate finding around the corner. I have gone on the same walk and saw many of the things I saw today; but somehow the appreciation of them didn’t quite equal the excitement of the experience today. What beauty there is in the most simple, ‘plain jane’ plants, trees, rocks and even the grass!!
The color palette alone of everything I saw today could fill the largest box of Crayola crayons. As I strolled along, I felt like there should be a large orchestra with a rising crescendo following along with me. I felt like singing….but restrained myself….my dog, Tramp looked at me strangely when I started humming to myself.
Maybe this is how our lives get so out of sync. We forget to find the joy in our daily lives. We sometimes consider our lives boring and mundane; but they’re really not! We are exposed to so many beautiful and extraordinary things each day. Hmmmm….I wonder if a person who makes their living as a landscape photographer ever gets tired of marveling in their subjects??!!
Another thing I realized is that because I was planning to share these photos with you, my enthusiasm seemed to increase with each photo I took.
Perhaps, that’s the key to having a happier and more satisfied life…..maybe we need to always remember to share our experiences with others in order to enhance our own individual experiences. As Winnie the Pooh would say, “It’s so much more friendly with two.” Isn’t that interesting?!!….Even though my dog, Tramp, annoys the heck out of me on our walks because he pulls too much and he often forgets the most basic leash commands (I know ‘Train the Trainer’ some of you are saying), I still enjoy my walks more when he is with me. Guess Pooh was right.
I have to share with you just a few pictures of where my stroll ended today. Our garden on the patio seems to be growing by leaps and bounds…..I think it happened overnight! A little bit of SoCal rain and…..Poof!….Magic!!
Wow! I can hardly wait for all these plants to start bearing fruit. Yums!! Thank you California Sunshine!
So…my Monday has been quite enlightened and filled with beauty and color. Hope you find something today that allows your eyes to “see” everything you encounter and to marvel in its beauty. Thought I would share a little wisdom from one of my favorite story tellers….
“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today!” squeaked Piglet.
“My Favorite Day!” said Pooh.
Today is Monday….My Favorite Day too!
Monday Gets Bee-U-Ti-Ful!
Hope yours is too.
Nancy, thanks for reminding us to stop and smell the roses. Great advice. It is strange because I have not noticed the flowers as much, but the number of birds has definitely caught my attention. Every morning I wake up to the sound of little birds playing outside my window. I love it. Great way to start the day. Great post.
I love all the hummingbirds that are around. I think I’m going to try to put a feeder out for them. They are amazing to me. Thanks for taking the time to read my post. See you next week. Smiles, Nancy