We are often surrounded by nature of some sort. It could be trees standing, birds singing, insects coming and going. They are all examples we can enjoy anywhere in both urban and rural environments. It's always good to try to be present and notice these things, rather than being passive and taking them for granted. Each one is a miracle of natural engineering. Think of the intricacies of the bird's bone structure to allow flight and birdsong. Think of the photosynthesis that allows a trees leaves to turn sunlight into energy to sustain it. Incredible things that we walk by and almost ignore habitually if we are not present in the moment.
As Explored in a recent post, my family and I recently relocated to a small rural location on Ireland's West coast. I shared some photos then, but now I want to share some more with you after we went for a few nice long countryside walks with the kids in recent days
The images speak for themselves here I feel.
White sheep and black sheep, a calf suckling from it's mother, beautiful horses, butterflies, bees and dragonflies, we saw them all. What a walk. Nature is amazing.
Wild flowers for Mama
The boys picked these wild flowers for their Mammy, who was smitten when they arrived home with their smiley little heads carrying these.
Wherever you are, be it a city, a town, a village or wherever, take a look around. Slow down. Take the time to view things, smell them, appreciate them. You are gifted with life, just like me, sometimes we take it for granted and are blind to the beauty that surrounds us. Allow yourself the time to appreciate the beauty in the banal - I guarantee you that you'll feel better and more connected with your surroundings.
The marketers of this world would prefer that you didn't see these simple free things all around you, as they would prefer that people disengage from this and instead stare blankly at their mobile phone/cell phone screens going CLICK CLICK CLICK like zombies. If you visit any city or town around the world, you'll see this playing out as eye contact with those around us and our surroundings is dwarfed by people staring vacantly at their screens, scrolling, clicking, liking. I am as guilty of this as most people, but I try to see it, and then minimise it where possible and put my phone back in my pocket and appreciate what surrounds me.