Friday, 22 October 2010
In the Garden (Reis) (Dlx)
It is a sparkling morning out there in my neck of the central coast. I live in a neighborhood that has large trees and open fields and the birds are happily finding food after a light rain early this morning. I sat with the door open in my car and put my head back, eyes closed and just let them give me their ever changing symphony of the morning. It was a perfect mini vacation for the mind.
I got out of the car, dropped my purse on the chair, then moved around the garden taking in a visual feast. You have to get close to things to appreciate them at times. I removed a few snails, tossing them out toward the woodchips under the cypress trees. A few fat birds showed up immediately. I smiled to myself. Ah! A bird's life. Right as I'm thinking this and smiling away, a cat comes around the corner of the house eyeing the fat birds. "Never mind", I think, although I'm still smiling at how I can go from one idea in my mind to a completely different thought about the situation when it plays out in front of me. The birds chirped a warning and flew up to the tree. Talk about Life (thank you sir/madam/big picture) Lessons. The grass isn't necessarily greener on the other side of the fence.
This past week there was a guy who tried to kill himself by running his car off the freeway, over a fence and into a local restaurant where his girlfriend worked. He came out with a broken arm. He's in jail now. He killed two visitors on vacation. They were out for a walk and were on the side walk when his car came over. I don't understand these things. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the two who died. In an instant many lives were changed forever. Such a delicate thing; Life. We forget to appreciate the simple things that feed our thoughts, our ability to get through times of intense stress, and then we say or do things that do not serve us or anyone else.
I will never underestimate the time I spend listening to the birds in my garden and knowing that where I find my inner peace. Everyone needs that place to go.