Encouraged in childhood to achieve academically, my parents would tell me to focus on the bigger picture and not get caught up with minutae. I followed their advice into adulthood. I saw the forest and lived among invisible trees.
Not any more.
I take time each day to see the smaller things. They don’t obstruct my goals or views. If anything, they enhance my thinking and bring joy to my day. I’ll share some pictures that I’ve shared before to illustrate what I mean.
On a cold and rainy morning in Esperance I headed out to Lake Warden where the sunrise over it is beautiful. I had about a minute before the sun rose when a ute approached me on a narrow country road. His speed generated a flurry between the cars and forced me to slow down. I was annoyed at having lost a few precious seconds when I glanced out the car window. The delight at what I saw made me switch off the engine and forget about the sunrise.
On the road beside me were several inland thornbill, given their size, they are also affectionately known as ‘button bums’. Had I not been forced to slow down, I would have missed this beautiful moment of shared joy.The rain had left a puddle in the middle of the road. The birds were thoroughly enjoying a communal bath, undeterred by my presence.Some immersed themselves fully and then shook themselves fluffy. Others walked away from the puddle with confidence and returned. Dip, fluff, repeat.There was one that tried not to get wet and stretched tiny legs to stay upright.The result was inevitable!While another took a break and found me the curiosity. And, that was just fine with me!
There are times I feel I am raising the child in me to be more aware. It is in those moments I feel like that is the intention of the reach. If it is and makes a difference, then I have come full circle. It is a happier place to be.
Until next time
a dawn bird