I'm sorry for my quiet, life has intruded on my free time but I am here today. :)
Technology has given us many benefits over the years, and I'm taking advantage of it right now by using my phone to type this out, but what about nature?
I think we all take for granted the many gifts nature has given us throughout our lives and the centuries we've existed on this planet. Every breath we take is a gift. Where would be without the trees purifying the air our cars, homes and industries pollute?
I'm not referring to the latest UN reports about how Recession is affecting the environment, and I do understand that this is a very important issue, but it's not the point of today's blog. :)
How much time do you spend outside, connecting with nature? Just being wrapped up in its warmth?
Today I walked to work, leaving the house at 0513. No one else was out and about, not a single car could be heard, there was no moon lighting the way across the fields and trees that surrounded me. Not even the Deer were out, but the stars were.
Not a single cloud blotted out the sight before me this morning. Looking up I could see constellation after constellation. My father, a sailor in the Royal Navy, taught me how to find them, my first one being Orion. No matter where I may be, I am home under Orion, and always search it out first before any other constellation. Ursa Major and Minor tend to go next as I stare out in wonder, remembering how Dad and I looked out in the back garden in Portugal, as he pointed them out and so began my fascination with the stars above.
I enjoy the solitude of walking at this time of day, to have the freedom of being alone in this world and no one to shatter my reverie, walking and thinking things through. There are some nights where I'll be walking home at 1am, due to finishing work so late, and I can gaze up in amazement at all I see.
Sometimes the moon is shrouded in clouds, stars winking through the patches in the fluffy blanket overhead. Other nights, the sky is so clear, there are whisps of the Milky Way. I don't have to remember, in those seconds, that there are some bonuses to shift work, after all.
But these moments are far and few in between, so when the opportunity arises to connect with the natural world, I take them.
Who could not enjoy a moment like that? :) And what did it cost me? Nothing.
Enjoy your day ahead, wherever you are.
Jewel :) x