The mama bird is squawking at the top of her lungs while her four babies run nearby on their scrawny inexperienced legs. Pink and blue is the sky with graceful clouds dancing as the beautiful sun retires for the day; allowing the moon to begin its nightly performance. The crickets have begun their evening chirping ritual as other birds dodge around for the last scrap of food before dark. And the rabbits, why they dare to come out and jump around in glee before turning in for the night. The smells of the long hot day and the moist evening air is present; both by smell and on my skin. The few neighbor children still playing outside are squealing with delight as I hear the crack of the baseball bat hitting the ball.
As I water the flowers I planted sometime this spring, I smile and my heart fills with happiness as I gaze at the beautiful bursts of colorful flowers that I have been gifted. I notice the multitude of plants that simply show up unannounced. Some call them weeds or volunteers, but if you look at them closely they are not really weeds at all; but little colorful unassuming plants and flowers. I notice and appreciate all of the sights and sounds that present in the early evening and I am filled with such peace knowing that it has been an eventful day for every living thing and now is the time for rest.
It’s been rigorous day of meetings, networking, consulting and being at the right place at the right time. An eventful day filled with accountabilities and opportunities, meeting new people and following up with people I have known for some time. I come home and care for those surrounding me, preparing the evening meal and tending to my very special yet demanding pets. It is time for me to rest too.
I find time to experience and appreciate the beautiful surroundings I have been gifted with before I call it a day. Part of my joy in this life is to notice the things that often go unnoticed. I know I am not alone in this; others do this as well. But I wonder as I peer out in to the neighborhood; who else today noticed that the crickets have started chirping already? Or that the moon has taken over the sky a few minutes earlier than it did last evening?
I am in a beautiful place of peace tonight. Are you?