We human beings are time-tested creatures of habit. Therefore, it is not always easy to embrace things we are not familar with. There is a fear of the unknown. This unavoidable "X" factor has a tendency to drive us to distraction and cause all manner of stress. Unfortunately, it can close down the mind and inhibit vital decisions when left unchecked. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm no psychoanalyst.
However, in the short time I've been blessed with life so far, I've done a fair share of observing behavior.
That said, it doesn't take a PhD to discern that one of the most stressful triggers in our lives is usually some form of momentous change: births, marriages, moves, job transition, deaths.
Lately I've been in job transition, and I won't muck about: it is stressful. Yet. It is not the end of the world. It is the beginning. Over the weekend, I took some time to reflect - now that I'm a year older - and I learned a few things from Nature.
I spent most of the day yesterday at a nearby lake . It was hot - yes - but beautiful. There was quite a bit of waterfowl, and a walking neighbor up ahead spotted the egret first. It was elegant.
Spindly legs and graceful, slow movements - there was even something stately about the way it plumed its feathers. Trailing this lovely bird was my task for the day apparently, and I now have the utmost respect for nature photographers. It is hard work, my friend. Hard work indeed.
With patience, unobtrusiveness, and a little fortuity, you might come away with a real prize. Regardless, there is something to be said for the sheer experience. Always, there is a pleasure awaiting in North Carolina's greenscapes.
As I sit in the dappled shade
Water shines in fractured light
|Green canopy at the Lake- photo HP|
Schools of tadpoles pivot and turn -
flexing in synchrosity
Creatures of a liquid golden sky
in troupes of choreographed lines
While fish swim cautiously
An egret lengthens its graceful stride
|Egret photo HP|
Turtles sun on a wooden deck
as the children play nearby
Little hummingbird - beat
a rhythm seek
as clouds stretch ominously overhead
The moss grows hard and the urging grows
The day has quickly fled-
Change - even the most subtle - can bring about beauty we never imagined.
Sometimes we miss an opportunity, and there's always a chance we'll slip and fall.
But at days end, the ride will be worthwhile.