With the signs of spring emerging, the frequent sounds of bird songs and baby calves being born, I have a renewed understanding of what it is to be articulate.
I am not talking about being articulate in my speech pattern, but being articulate in the way I perceive life around me.
I tend to get lackadaisical sometimes and just go through the motions of the day. I get caught up in my own standard-issued life with blinders on. Spring always wakes me up a bit and gets my juices flowing again.
I start to see what is outside the gate. The wildflowers that have popped up overnight. The bird’s nest on my trellis and the green grass. When I take my blinders off and really look around, life is happening and going on with itself whether I participate or not. A beautiful life.
I have learned that I have to listen to the rhythm of what God and nature are trying to tell me. I have to be diligent to keep my mind focused on seeing the signs that are put before me.
After some troubling news my family had lately, I was walking, meditating and praying for a sign that everything would be ok. As I was just aimlessly wandering along the river, I found a tiny little heart carved into a rock. I really believe it is a sign from the Heavens that our prayers will be answered. He was articulate in His response to my prayer.
Nature is very articulate and deliberate. It shows up, lives it’s best life, makes the very best of every situation and moves on. It does not dwell on the should haves and didn’t haves. I truly believe that is what our Higher Power intended us to do. I have been equipped with the necessary tools to live my life to it’s fullest.
We live in extraordinary times. New technology, new discoveries and ample freedom. I can talk to my brother who travels the globe with a click of a send button. I can order beautiful art from another state whom I would have never known of without the internet. I have friends from all over the world who have become very near to me through blogs, Facebook and Instagram.
However, I have tunnel vision lately. Checking my iPhone for updates and posts. Seeing other’s beautiful gardens and travels when I have missed my own.
My garden is coming alive with perennials and herbs. My travels may not be far, but our little country farm and town offers plenty of sights and charm. That is what I am trying to achieve, to be articulate in my thoughts, my sight and through listening. To not rehearse my life, but to live it. The good, bad, scary and ordinary life.
I watch my young grandsons play with full intension and focus. A pile of caliche stone, a few old toy trucks and a plastic cup makes for hours of fun. I have learned to have fun doing small things through them. That wading in a cold creek in February is fun, running as fast we can, skipping and throwing rocks is the best thing ever. They live an articulate life because they haven’t been told not to.
I know that life can not be easy and our world is in turmoil. We are bombarded daily with horrible news, sick friends and family. We have to pay attention to what is going on around us and participate in our convictions. But that doesn’t mean we have to be callous and stolid.
There is joy, happiness and love…all around. Life needs participation and excitement. It is spring, a renewal of the spirit and mind. Let’s pay attention to life’s details and delight in all that is offered daily.
“Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.” Carl Friedrich Gauss
Pray, send comforting thought and positive energy to Brussels, our men and women in uniform and fighting bravely for our country.
Have a wonderful day!
Song Of Solomon 2:11-12
As you know I have narrowed my focus drastically over the past few years, in my friendships in real time and blog time..in my world view of keeping it simple and small. My sense of peace has drastically expanded. I no longer shop for entertainment at brick and mortars or virtual stores. I do not follow those who only wish to further their own business pursuits. A steady diet of that is not why I ventured into this social realm. Real friendships have been formed and I nurture those as best I can.
A rich cup of coffee, a snoring pooch and a good book – with windows flung open is bliss to me these days. I no longer wish to collect anything but good memories and good feelings and surround myself with honest loving folks.
Life is such a gift. Social media and it’s obsessions are profoundly negative at their worst and silent bridges at their best.
Wishing you good news with your family issue, prayers up and beyond from here
Praying for whatever is happening in your family. Love and hugs from Indiana.
What a lovely, heartfelt post, Cindy. And so full of truth. I am so sorry your family got troubling news. Those times are hard, yet we know God is in and over and through it all, and that helps us to lay it all at His feet, and to not carry more of it than we should.
Praying for comfort, healing, wisdom and strength for you all. Thank you for being so authentic. It seems to be becoming more and more rare these days. Love your blog and IG!
Joy and Hugs to You,