I stepped outside for a moment to take a break from work and as I stood there with the cool autumn breeze blowing, the birds chirping in unison and the sun radiating down upon my shoulders… I felt completely at peace. Nature has a way of doing that to me. I find balance and peace every time I step out into the natural world.
I stood there for some time taking in the surroundings and just allowing nature’s rhythm to soothe my mind, body and soul.
I looked down for a moment and there was this little leaf caught in the grass, blowing in the breeze. It had already turned brown… it’s colors had all faded away. It was decaying right before my eyes. Every moment, precious … it would only be with us for a matter of days now. I looked closely at this little brown leaf and I’ll tell you what I saw:
I saw every vein as a story once lived by this little leaf. My mind wandered at the things that it might have seen, the experiences it might have felt and the lifetime that it lived. Those veins once filled with nurturing juices of life, now barren. This made me think about how precious life is and how quickly one can go from a life where we are being sustained and nurtured to a place where we become part of what sustains other life so that it may grow… live and experience.
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Today I want to take a moment to talk about the world around us and the magic that goes unseen by most. You see magic isn’t always those things that take our breath away and then again .. it’s all in how you “see”. Most think of magic as a trick or something even made up… not real. Magic is very real.. magic is inside us .. all of us. Yep, that’s right.. magic lives inside of every one of us. It’s a part of everything… you just have to know how to “see” it.
I was standing at the window this morning as my breakfast was warming in the microwave and I was in awe of how the sun was shining through the leaves of a tree just outside the window. When my breakfast had finished warming, I put it on my desk, grabbed my camera and on my way out to photograph the tree.. I stumbled across a few other magical moments that caught my eye. You see beauty and magic can be found in the most ordinary of things, if only you wish to see it.
This morning I was taking a quick walk around the office building checking out the fall foliage and took the above photo. Something about it called to me. I sat here for a moment pondering what it was that pulled me into the image and suddenly I understood its message.
Today’s magic is about tapping into our inner resources. These leaves are holding on though they are going through some pretty major changes. They will continue to hold on until the last ounce of life inside them is gone. They share their beauty through all the stages of their life. They do not hide who they are and what they are going through.. every stage of their life is something to behold and until there is no life left… they hold on… tapping into every resource available to them.. they hold on.
Many Blessings for a very Magical Monday!
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.. quiet yourself.. quiet the world around you and listen ..
The trees are whispering among themselves… it’s nearly that time again for them to take their rest. It’s been a long hot summer and they have survived once again… so now they find some time to relax and let down their hair as leaves gently fall toward the ground. A heavy sigh and it’s nap time once again for the trees, the flowers and even some of our four legged friends.
This weekend while I was taking breaks from working on my newest stained glass projects… I would quite easily lose track of time starring outside my window .. watching the birds and the squirrels prepare for the cooler weather on its way.. leaves fell from the trees like a gentle rain and my back yard now looks a lot like a patchwork quilt with colorful patches of leaves blanketing the ground.
What a beautiful sight! Many may have looked out that window and said.. oh great now I have to rake.. but not me.. I just thought .. How Beautiful! Thank you Creator for the gift!
Make sure you take some time from your days to enjoy nature. Enjoy life. Enjoy just being.
It does the mind and body good to rest. We need that down time to recharge and refuel.