Nature’s “bling”, a masterpiece, unique and extraordinary

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Nature's 'bling'

I’m excited because Springtime is here, my favorite time of the year. The air is cool and crisp, fields of flowers are in bloom, bare brown branches transform themselves into full, lush trees again, a time when nature reawakens from winter. It’s also a time when rain is plentiful, nourishing the earth with much needed moisture.

Last spring I was feeling restless after a few days of constant rain and decided to take a much needed walk in spite of the downpour. I put on my raincoat, boots and took an umbrella while grumbling about the wet weather.

About 15 minutes into my walk a little bit of sun broke through the clouds, placing a spotlight on a pine tree I often pass without much notice. However on this day I saw the pine tree as I have never seen it before. I stood in awe for some minutes then ran home to grab my camera to photograph one of nature’s beautiful moments. After taking a dozen or so shots I hurried home again to download the images to my computer hoping the camera lens captured the amazing sight.

What I saw was much, much more than I expected. Thousands of water droplets hung off slender needles almost defying gravity. Every droplet was a perfect sphere of H2O glistening in the rays of sunlight. It was nature’s version of “bling”, a masterpiece, unique and extraordinary.

Since then I look at rain differently and don’t mind heading outside with rain gear on and my camera of course to explore, to discover what nature is waiting to show me, and gently nudge me towards joyfulness.

Now it’s your turn to play in the rain !!

Leaning Into Joyfulness

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Cici enjoying her new found toy. Life is good!

Discovering beauty and joy in the everyday

We are a society that thrives on getting things done, keeping busy, and reaching our goals in the shortest amount of time. We are glued to and obsessed with our mobile phones, computers, and television living like robots. Sad to say many of us seldom notice the beauty all around us anymore. Sadder still we expect the extraordinary to happen, the need for “dazzle” in order to turn our heads.

In our busy-ness we have lost our childlike innocence to see beauty around us and the joy it stirs in our hearts. Dr. BrenĂ© Brown, author of The Gifts of Imperfection and guest on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, expressed her thoughts on joy this way…..”Joy is not a constant. It comes to us in moments–often ordinary moments. Sometimes we miss out on the bursts of joy because we’re too busy chasing down extraordinary moments.”

I was well into my mid fifties before realizing real joy was missing in my life. Fortunately my love for dogs was my saving grace, opening a door to become involved with training service dogs. They do the silliest things, are intuitive about how I’m feeling and infuse my days with pure joy.

Your joyful moments are just waiting to be unveiled. The next time you see something that makes you smile, stay with it a few seconds longer and begin to feel the magic of Leaning Into Joyfulness. Life is sweeter when you lean in.

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