Archive | April 2013

Learning to be the Robin

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It’s spring (according to the calander anyway….I think in most places the weather hasn’t gotten the memo yet). With spring comes an influx of life and one of my favorite creatures…..the robin.

Robins to me signify that spring is here, the peaceful beings sing their pretty song while hidden in the trees, they don’t disturb the trash or people in general. They are content to hop around the grass and trees looking for what is a tasty morsal to them. While being themselves they help the environment and keep things moving along in the circle of life.

Their quiet nature appeals to me which makes it easy for me to watch them for hours. Thursday of last week I did just that while sitting in my car. I watched a robin hop around in the grass, pecking at this and that. At the slightest hint of movement the robin would fly into a nearby thicket of trees, once the robin felt safe again it would come back out and resume its activities.

This got me thinking am I a robin in life? Do I lead a peaceful exsistance, not disturbing other people or leaving a trail of trash in my wake, do I give back as much or equal to what I receive? For something I could say yes but others need improvement. So I’ve made it my goal to be more like the robin, namely to give back equal to what I receive.

This isn’t something that everyone does but everyone should. In recent years I’ve become lazy and self focused, still caring for others but only helping those in my immediate circle. If everyone were like me the world would be a sorry place (just being honest), so its time to get out of me and mine and look to helping others, quietly, peacefully and unassumingly giving back. Making it part of my nature. Not because I HAVE to but because I should, because helping others is one small part of the circle of life and who knows who I may meet in my journey and in what ways they will touch and affect my life.

I don’t want kiddos or accolades I just want to be the best person I can, in all things, just like the robin. Quietly hopping around, helping out but without drawing attention to myself (and minus the worm eating also). I’m looking forward to starting this new journey. It’s bound to be full of adventure.

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Spring in all its spider webbed glory

For the record…..I detest spider webs. My dislike of the silky strings is akin to most women’s reaction to the creators of the strings that fly into people’s eyes, face, hair, hand or mouth unaware. I do however like waking up on a bright spring morning and catching glimpse of webs covered in dew or blades of grass woven together with fine silk threads or my absolute favorite a pine tree with webs in its boughs. That to me is part of the beauty of spring.
(It also helps to know where the webs are so I don’t get caught in one and start looking totally foolish as I beat myself silly trying to make sure its all off of me)

Here’s to spring in all its spider web covered glory!

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The beauty of it

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(Not the greatest picture but you get the idea) There are some wonderful things about living in Western Washington one of them is the view of Mt. Rainier on a clear day (and sometimes even on a cloudy one). In times past while driving I’ve used the mountain to help me gauge direction as wells as approximate location (which I’m pretty sure is a natural thing for anyone who has lived here any length of time). Mostly though I just gaze at My. Rainier in wonder and awe. He’s this wonderful, majestic Mountain that holds the power of death and destruction encased in beauty. Kind of hard not to be in awe of that isn’t? I’ve lived in Western Washington most of my life, I was born here, went to school here and even though I leave I always come back here. In all those years I have developed what I consider my favorite view of My. Rainier. Wanna know where it is? South bound I-5 coming out of downtown Seattle by the exit for Boeing Access Road and MLK. There is a PERFECT unobstructed view right in there that I love. I don’t have much need to go into downtown these days but when I do if south 5 is moving that’s the way I go on clear days just for that view. What views in your life do you love and go out of your way for?