I got up very early this morning to wish the world Happy 4th, but the world was still asleep and nature didn’t care about dates. The silence was wonderful. No cars, no people, no noises of any kind. Peace reigned and everything was in order. That is how it feels when nature steps to the forefront.
All is well. Peace.
I decided to look for beauty in my backyard first thing. I saw some fallen flowers from yesterday and new flowers budding on my 2 o’clock plant (Mexican petunia.) My collard greens from last year have died in the heat. Time to pull them up and thank them for their service. Come late August I will plant some tomatoes.
Today, I might paint the flowers I saw; red geraniums, some unnamed pink flower, white wild flower, yellow allamanda, and I still have a few jasmine blooms.
Woodpeckers, red cardinals, tufted titmice, chickadees, and squirrels were out looking for food, but they were quiet. I feed the birds so there is traffic all day long at the bird feeder. The squirrels are the fattest in the area.
Every morning I have a choice, to think about what isn’t working in my life, or cheer myself on for what works, and look for beauty all around.
It’s a lot more fun looking for beauty than focus on negativity. I also have a gratitude journal going, and I write down everything I’m grateful for. This is my morning tea ritual, Earl Grey and gratitude. That would make a good title for something…
There are so many things to be grateful for and we live in the midst of magic. Nature is magical to me. Life is magical when I allow it to be.
Do you look for beauty when you go outside?
I’m working on seeing more beauty in people, and sometimes that can be a challenge, but it’s there.
The more I focus on beauty, the more I see it. And so it is.