Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wake Up!

Yesterday, I went for a most lovely bike ride. The fog was just starting to surrender to the sun. The spider webs still glistened with beads of of dew.

I felt compelled to take a road I had never grazed down before, when I came across a farm house with a dozen or so beautiful black and white cows. The interesting thing is that these cows noticed me even before I noticed them.

One of them took particular interest and was watching me between the bushes as I was watching her in fascination that she was watching me so intently. I pulled a little uturn to go and have a little visit. As I did, the whole crew started very curiously coming to the corner of the fence. I'd really never experienced anything like it in all honestly. I snapped a few pictures while talking away to them. I mentioned that it's times like this that I'm really glad I'm a vegetarian. I distinctly heard a murmur go up in their rank wondering what a vegetarian is? I said..well.. I don't eat meat. And, I heard another murmur wondering what meat is? I dropped the subject then. ;) lol

I continued along, I heard the distant call of an Eagle. I saw some children's toys in the yard of another home and all of a sudden I was overcome by gratitude that here I am enjoying a quiet and relaxing bike ride. Simple as that. Overcome by gratitude that I have the freedom to do this. That I am Alive! I became deeply conscious of my surroundings and I woke up from my walking dreaming and I remembered once again that this opportunity if a gift. Even, when life seems to get a little torn and tattered for a little while.. this is still a gift and the opportunities are more then to grow and learn then when life is smooth and easy.. because it's then that sometimes we tend to forget a little more to appreciate this gift of life.

So, I guess.. today, try and look around you with open eyes. Wake up from the things that we do that are so unconcious and when we glaze over moving in robot mode WAKE UP again! And, look again at that toast popping and listen again to how beautiful the word Mom sounds because someone doesn't get to hear that sound. Get down and really smell the grass as it is just before you cut it. Watch that bird camouflaged in the trees because they have been diligently watching you. The spider web all covered in dew.. really get it.. take it in and marvel at the genius of nature. Listen closely to the sounds of nature around you. Press your head against the earth and hear her breathing. There are sounds under there! Sit quietly, close your eyes for a moment and really open your ears to what the Universe is whispering. Take notice of that animal or bug or bird that comes close to have a peek at you and do not be afraid. Remember that everything you see and hear and feel today from your desk to your world someone in this world has never ever seen or experienced and be grateful! :) It may not be there tomorrow to enjoy ever again. All we have is this moment right now. Grab it, dance with it, rejoice in it, Love it!

Okay, thanks for sharing in my gratitude today. It's something I needed to get off my chest. :)

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HINT Jewelry Design said...

We all must feel that sense of being grateful for such beautiful sunny days! I appreciate your pictures of the spider webs and cows. Just yesterday I was thinking of relieving myself of my series of cow paintings, and my husband chuckled "you're letting go of your inner cow."

Alas, they are making the move to the next house :)

Roses and Lilacs said...

A very good reflection especially on this anniversary of 9-11 when so many lost everything they had taken for granted.

Daisy said...

Your post today made me feel happy inside! We love cows, too. My Mommie has been a vegetarian for a long time. I am very sorry, but I like to eat meats.

BeadedTail said...

What a very thoughtful and relevant post for today especially. Thanks for the reminder to be grateful and for noticing the world and it's beauty.


What a beautiful post! I enjoyed reading it and loved the pictures of the cows and spider web. I could never eat a cow-there is so much soul to them. Love finding fellow vegetarians. How cute they were watching you.

Rosebud Collection said...

Beautiful pictures and blog..Oh, I like meat..can't help myself..

Christopher And Tia said...

I really liked looking at these pictures.

PurrPrints said...

What a wonderful entry--I have a similar thought every time I go by any cows--they're so sweet (have you ever had a baby cow lick your hand by the way? it feels like a cat's tongue almost). I love the last picture of the sun through the spiderweb--very nice.

PamperingBeki said...

What beautiful pictures!!