Sunday was a stunningly beautiful day. We decided to use part of it for a walk in the forest preserve near my house. I was quite focused on the beautiful day—and on the fact that we were walking and getting exercise. Then I remembered! What is it I tell you in my blogs so often? Stay awake and aware. Notice what's around you, Sonia. And feel the joy that arises from that awareness.
as we walked along the path through the woods, I looked around me, up
into the trees for birds and through the trees. And what a reward. Even
though it was early afternoon and we usually don't see the deer out
until later, I caught sight of one doe. And then I saw two more ears
sticking up between two tree limbs. Then a third doe showed up. We
stopped to observe them (as they watched us!)—just savoring the moment.
Such lovely creatures. We saw many familiar birds and also a couple we
didn't recognize. One gave us quite a show with a lovely red head and
neck as it puttered around in the flowers covering the forest floor.
our walk turned out to be about more than exercise. That was a good
reminder to me. When I'm so focused on tasks, I can easily forget to
look around me and savor the beauty. I like the way the sun shines
through the stained glass dragonfly on my office window. I want to pay
more attention to that—not just to my computer screen. I enjoy seeing
the cardinals sitting on the evergreens and also the flowering trees in
my back yard. Perhaps I'll make a covenant with myself to stop every 30
minutes and look out my window just to savor the beauty that's out
What's around you today that calls for your attention?