Day 140 — Quiet Reflection- Haibun Journey Beauty Each Day
“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. “ Lord Byron
Today’s beauty comes in the form of time for quiet reflection and nature. While getting out of the car after church today, I strained my back again. I just stayed sitting with the door open and to distract myself from the sever pain, I stared up at the blue sky. I saw a turkey vulture sailing in the distance and decided it could be an eagle, but it wasn’t, but it could be if I wanted a more positive view. I watched a checker spot open and close his wings on the driveway. I saw several black swallowtails and a monarch passed by. A few of the yellow butterflies I saw were just leaves deciding not to wait for autumn. Instead of going inside I got a chair and sat down and my husband brought the camera out. I just sat looking at all the beauty, even in the small space of the driveway and the house. A chickadee perched on the old rope that is all that remains of my son’s attempt to build a treehouse years ago when the maple was much smaller.
Hummingbirds visited the feeders which are currently clustered at the backstairs, while the front porch roof is being repaired. One hummingbird sipped nectar from the tiny flowers on the coleus. I listen to the cicadas hum die and the bird sounds. I close my eyes and listen harder to distinguish the different birds. I hear a fly buzz by and a chickadee over my right shoulder. I hear the coo of the doves and the rapid sweet warble of the tree sparrow. Opening my eyes I spot two sparrows on the bird feeder. I listen to the clear whistling peter-peter-peter of the tufted titmouse and the “hey,sweetie” of the blackcap chickadee. Spending time enjoying the pleasantness of nature and the calming beauty was much better than any pain reliever. It is amazing how you can change or improve what is going on by shifting your focus.