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Nature

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Since paying such close attention to my inner nature and taking so much better care of myself I find myself SO much more readily entranced by OUTER nature!

In the middle of a busy day, walking across a parking lot I'll stop to admire a battalion of geese beating their wings making their way through the skies with occasional honking sounds.

Finishing my 'millwork and ST tonight I'm struck by the clarity of the night time skies and stars, finding the Big Dipper sitting on top of our neighboring hill.

While biking I'll smile at a woodchuck streaking across the lawn so it can retreat to its hiding spot near a driveway drainpipe.

Simple sights that bring such joy into my day-to-day life!

How wonderful it is to be so healthy and alive to value and appreciate the world around me!

Hoping this finds you able to delight in such seemingly *ordinary* daily treasures!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 10/17/2010 11:02PM

    Thanks again

God Bless
Ida

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BARBARA_BOO 10/10/2010 3:45PM

    I'm quickly learning to never miss one of your blogs. Fabulous!

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DAYHIKER 10/8/2010 4:39PM

    Definitely! That's why I'm a hiker! Spring especially comes early to those who are out in the woods and observant to see the first tentative blooms pushing up on the south hills defying the cold! I whine a lot about not being able to safely walk or bike on our narrow, hilly, winding roads but I love living in the country! We have such a rich variety of birds and beneficial insects and butterflies on our little homestead.

I surely do hope you will be able to get out on a long ride this weekend. It's gorgeous here!

Happy Trails!! emoticon
Cindy in Indiana

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DLPHNLVR97 10/8/2010 3:54PM

    That's why I have a farm and live in the country! I was remarking today to a colleague how lucky my kids are to have grown up in a place where they can run in the grass, look at the stars, and chase fireflies in the summer. They don't realize how lucky they are. It especially sunk in when I was leaving BHS today after conferences and saw kids playing on the sidewalk and riding shopping carts down the middle of the sidewalk!

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FRECKS96 10/8/2010 3:51PM

    Yay! I love these reminders to admire the little things in life.

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VICKI-N-FLA 10/8/2010 10:18AM

    I'm working on it. Glad you're at "that" place in your own life. emoticon

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CARRIE1948 10/8/2010 6:57AM

    Hope to get where you are

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COLOURFULME 10/8/2010 1:35AM

    Yes I agree, that's why everybody is always so surprised about the pictures I take during walks. Oh did we pass that, really did we see that, OMG I must pay more attention, thank you for your picutres....are just a few of the responses I get from my fellow walkers. So even healthy, or at least none overweight, people don't see it but my message is......super you enjoy it and keep on doing it. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 10/8/2010 12:21AM

    great reminder to indulge ourselves in every day things around us.......
thanks for sharing..........
blessings and hugs...........lita

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VALERIEMAHA 10/7/2010 11:52PM

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Mary Oliver's gift in observing nature:

GOLDENROD

On roadsides,
in fall fields,
in rumpy bunches,
saffron and orange and pale gold,

in little towers,
soft as mash,
sneeze-bringers and seed-bearers,
full of bees sand yellow beads and perfect flowerlets

and orange butterflies.
I don't suppose
much notice comes of it, except for honey,
and how it heartens the heart with its

blank blaze.
I don't suppose anything loves it, except, perhaps,
the rocky voids
filled by its dumb dazzle.

For myself,
I was just passing by, when the wind flared
and the blossoms rustled,
and the glittering pandemonium

leaned on me.
I was just minding my own business
when I found myself on their straw hillsides,
citron and butter-colored,

and was happy, and why not?
Are not the difficult labors of our lives
full of dark hours?
And what has consciousness come to anyway, so far,

that is better than these light-filled bodies?
All day
on their airy backbones
they toss in the wind,
they bend as though it was natural and godly to bend,
they rise in a stiff sweetness,
in the pure peace of giving
one's gold away.
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Just in case -- http://www.ontariowildflower.com/go
ldenrods.htm#slender%20goldenrod

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