Sometimes beauty is as close as your own home. You dont always have to go out somewhere to search for the things that may be right outside your door. All you have to do is open your eyes and look.
Today I took a walk with my 4 year old son on a local walking track. Normally when I go I do two laps around at a quick pace. Walking with a 4 year old you cant do that….they want to explore and ask questions about and look at things that adults normally bypass as we rush around our busy lives. In slowing down and looking at the natural beauty that was around me I was able to appreciate more just where I was and to really take in how pretty of a scene it is. I hope you enjoy this view of my walk as much as I enjoyed taking it.
We’ve come to a fork in the road, which direction do we go? We can see the positives on both sides as well as the negatives and there’s not one single thing that seems to tip the scale in one direction or the other so what do we do at a time like this? Do we turn to friends or family to weight in with their input? Do we just carry on like we aren’t staring at this giant fork in front of us?
Here’s what we did….. We weighted, weighted and reweighed the decisions before us and went for the one that seemed the best for where we are now as a man, as a woman, as husband, wife, mom, dad, son and daughter. We looked at the things that were behind us and the road that we traveled that got us to this point we weighted THOSE decisions and made up our minds not to travel that same path. We decided to look at the other forks we’d come to and the choices right or wrong that we made from them and decided not to repeat our pasts.
The road we’ve chosen is from personal choice and from prior experience. Can I say we’ve made the right choice? Nope. Can I say we’ll know soon? Can’t say that either. What I can say is I’m excited to see where this new path leads and what will await us down the road. I know there will be other forks and I know none of the decisions that are made at those junctures are easy but I do know as long as we work together good or bad we’ll make it work and learn from the path we choose to take.
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.