I marvel at their stillness, at how they are present without a sound. I marvel at how they will lower their heads in an effort not to be found. I wonder if it is their quietness that is lulling the surroundings to a state of peace. Or are they hushed because of the energy of the still-standing trees? One of the most majestic symphonies played a perfect song; without noise but soothing and calm.
The trees the flute, the songbirds the clarinets and harps. The violinists the occasional faraway car. The crunch of my shoes on gravel the rhythmic drum beat. As the cymbal or perhaps snare drum the periodic gentle breeze. The geese the piano keys waiting for the maestro to signal they need to prepare; soon they will decide to honk as they soar into the air.
In that nothing is coincidence way words crossed my path this week; a reminder of just how much we can learn from Nature in the life we lead. Four-legged and winged souls don’t plan, prepare, and fret. Their focus is in the “now”, not hours or days ahead. Perhaps I shouldn’t state they do not plan for we can observe a squirrel and see; an intuition tells them to store up food they will want to eat. But animals act based on what they feel, not what they think – and overthink. Mother Nature’s critters know how to just be.
I have a question I would like to ask you. When is the last time you slowed down and noticed your surrounding view? What did you see? Is it an image that brought you peace? Or is it an image you can’t quite recall now – the memory fleeting? Did you notice the view, smile in appreciation and find you go back to that scene frequently in your mind? Is it a picture you like to relive when calmness and balance you need to find? Or do you barely remember what took place? Places to go, people to see, every day a hurried race?
What is one step you could take to float quietly on pond as the sun awoke for the day? Okay, maybe not literally, but what is one step for enjoying stillness that you can take? Even if it is only five minutes that you can spare initially, those five minutes can bring you serenity.
I reflect on people who are bravely fighting diseases and the gift they have received; like Mother Nature, these individuals know life’s fragility. These individuals know how to pause and watch a sunset or how to appreciate time being with friends and family. They have merged their talk and walk, redefining what is their priority. So many of us have heard “life can change on a dime”, yet we still tackle the tasks of our days as if we have abundant time. We shouldn’t live in fear, for that thieves hope and faith. But we can be more conscious of being present with the day.
Thank you for the music you played, dear geese; your lyrics I hummed all day “peace, peace, peace”.