Finding Joy

This photo is from a few years back. It crossed my mind after hearing that our forecast is calling for lots of rain this week.

The mom in this photo brought her little girl from a nearby home to splash around in the flood water of Lake Bistineau.

When I took the photo, I immediately loved it because it is a reminder to me that even when situations appear bad, there is always hope and joy to be found in the simple things.

No Defense

Once again, as nature becomes my analogy for life, the fact that nature never needs to defend itself crept into my thoughts today.

The delicate, gorgeous fern leaf never has a need to defend how long it takes to unfurl, how wide its leaves stretch, or how large it will grow. It simply is, and is allowed to be what it is. And all other nature around it does not question the fern either. Nature is allowing and forgiving, and 100% is-what-it-is.

Not so much with humans, but now that it has strongly come into my awareness, my new task at hand is to stop standing in defense of myself, and to also be more accepting of others. Thank you Mother Nature – (and Robert).

Human Nature

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Plenty of empty hours recently have given me opportunity to examine just about every area of my life. One of the nearest and dearest to my heart is my connection to Mother Nature, which is obvious by my posts over the past year and a half.

But yet in these past few weeks, Human Nature has shown up to be so very important to me. Time and again, when I have felt so very low, a call or message or card in the mail has raised me up. Maybe I have been missing something all along. After all, everything that exists is the one body of life. And honestly, I have intentionally tried to keep myself apart from the thing that I cannot separate from.

I keep coming back to this photo.  It is my Robert, who recently passed, loving up on his sister, Lauri. Yep, I asked them to take a posed photo, but Robert isn’t posing at all. He is in total communion; with the warmth of the sunshine, with the smell of the jasmine blooming behind them, with the birds singing around them, and with his sister’s heart. I can read his face and he was in the place of ONENESS with all that exists, and so at peace to be there.

So for a while, I am going to post photos that feature more of the Human Nature around me. Maybe I will learn where Mother Nature and Human Nature become one. I hope that I will learn from Robert’s example and feel the oneness more often, because it looks pretty darn good.