Currently I am working from home thanks to a shelter in place order from the county my job is in. This means that each morning I get to take my sweet little pup to a local park and walk before coming home to start work. We generally go to a park that is pretty close to home during the work week and going each day has given me a different perspective on this small park that I had been taking for granted. I went from feeling a bit bleh about going to the park to getting excited about it simply by letting my brain wander into the wonders of nature.
Each day there is a new flower blooming or new leaves sprouting and when I tune out the idea of having been to the same park hundreds of times and tune in to the idea of looking for the minor little changes that happen each day I find my enthusiasm renews. Not so much for the park, but for the nature that is in it. This carries over into other areas of life for me. We so easily get stuck in routines, thinking about how much is the same. It becomes easy to not see the subtle changes or to remember all the things that we do love about our life.
My life is simple and quiet usually (except when my pup decides to bark at cars going by). Right now I am reminding myself of the beauty of that simple life. The joy of reading a book with a purry cat nearby. The sweetness of the time shared with the man I adore. It is actually some of the more simple moments that speak to my heart the most. A memory of running in the rain together to get to a small playground. The rain pelted us while we laughed and kissed and held each other tight. There is no amount of money that can buy a memory so exquisitely beautiful (at least in my opinion). The simple little things are what make life so special. Maybe that is the most important lesson I will take from the time of pandemic. Each morning when we go to this park there are new blooms on the magnolia trees, in some areas the scent of magnolia follows us as we walk. Magnolias are my favorite flower and each day I delight in finding the new ones and photographing the progression of the new life. This simple thing brings joy to my life each day. No matter how many flowers I have seen in my life I never fail to be excited to see more! In spite of my frustrations and fears in this time I am doing my best to keep the good in mind and continue to share the good with the world!
Make time during this chaos to slow down and enjoy the good things. The simple things that make up the fabric of your life. As for me, I will be out each morning looking at the trees and plants with a little spotted dog, eagerly awaiting the precious moments spent with my guy and thankful for the job that I still have and the love and friendship that makes my life a better place.
Below are a few pics from the morning walks, hoping they brighten your day as much as they do mine. Much love!