This past week I once again didn’t take a lot of photos. The photo above is not one of my best, but the pop of color made me happy. Most of my photos are taken when I am walking my dog and it can be difficult to look for the best picture. Sometimes I just have to go with the first one and accept it for what it is. It is beautiful. It is a reminder to me that I need to enjoy the little things and appreciate them for what they are. That simple is good.
Life right now seems to be a constant practice in contentment, in balance, in focusing my energy where I want it to be. This can mean shutting off everything except some relaxing music or it can mean watching a well-loved, often seen movie. It can mean losing myself in a book or a video game. It usually includes being outside, looking for the pop of color or watching the clouds make their way through the sky. It can mean putting the phone away and just being with people that we care about.
We need pops of color. We need to find the things that make us feel alive. The things that make our souls find freedom. We need people who help us find our way back to ourselves when we get lost in the fog of the world.
To be honest, I am struggling with being content. We get told we need to be content where we are, but also to set goals to move forward. I can’t help but think that while we can look for the lessons people share from their lives and use them to help us, we must figure our own truth and journey. In some ways I am content, but I know I am living in the wrong place. City life is not for me and I know this… I long for hiking trails, mountains, and meadows of wildflowers. Can we be content and not content at the same time? These thoughts are ever present for me. When it all threatens to overwhelm I turn back to nature, to the simplicity of the outdoors.
Nature is an escape and a homecoming tangled together. There is always something outdoors that pulls me back to the important things. We need time to unwind, to let our minds wander and find wonder. To contemplate ideas and theories. To grow who we are.
The answers to my internal questions rarely come as quickly or as easily as I would like. So, for now… I will enjoy the raindrops that hit my window today, I will delight in the little frog who has rested on my windowsill, and I will continue to look for joy in every place I can. Knowing that I cannot control most of life, but at the same time I create my reality with my thoughts and actions.
Today I will celebrate the pops of color that are everywhere. I will not let the problems of the world invade my life. I will keep moving forward to create the life that feels right for me.