If you follow and read my posts here and on instagram you probably know what I am most grateful for - Nature.
I love to be able to walk and hike in Nature. Just this weekend, although very cold I got my self together, bundled up and headed out, I was so pleased I did as I got to see this beautiful bird sitting by the creek I walk along to get into Valley Forge National Park.
There is something special about walking in nature, among the trees, across open fields, along side a babbling brook. To enjoy the animals, deer, foxes, chipmunks, squirrels; the birds, too many to name, but when I catch site of a blue heron I always stop and admire them, they can stand so still, patiently watching for fish, posied to deliver a deadly strike and provide for themselves and possibly their family as they are pretty independent birds. Seeing them fly between the trees is wonderful, and thought provoking how they avoid the branches and trees. To see the trees and how the light changes from one walk to another, from one season to another, how the colors change with the seasons, all this is something that refreshes my spirit and soul.
To have a resource like this outside my front door and a meer ten minute walk to be deep in and among nature is something I cherish and am truly grateful for every day.
You can be feeling sad about something, but when you step into the woods, that sadness lifts off your shoulders, you breathe the air among the trees, smelling the freshness, the coldness, the way the leaves are breaking down, or the grass has just been cut. I can go on and on.
Sometimes as I walk I stop and touch the trees, allowing the strength within them to feed my spirit. Or I might find a rock or a fallen tree to sit and just enjoy the moment, listening to the rustle of leaves, or the call of one bird to another or even just the wind whispering among the leaves or branches above me.
When I come back into the world, I feel lighter, happier, more relaxed and for that I am grateful every day.