Recently a good friend of mine asked me “How long does it take you to get to work?”
I said it takes me 40 minutes. Visibly astonished, my friend then asked “Why does it take you so long when it only takes me 20 minutes to cover the same distance?”So I thought about it for a moment and I explained that when I walk to work, the first thing I do when I open my front door is breathe and look at the sun rising. I look at the starling that sings for hours in a random pattern outside my bedroom window. I know this starling well as I have captured its beautiful colours on my camera as it sits and sings on the television ariel opposite.Then, at the end of my street which fortunately overlooks a Jewish cemetery and woods, I look at the trees and how they are formed. I look at the floor and always see feathers all year round and unusual things that are always there.
Everything from slug trails, water spattered spiders webs to multi-coloured leaves.I study positive andnegative shapes, butterflies, birds and there feathers.All these signs and symbols give me such a lift.
I remember stopping once, I stood and took a breath and just looking once at these wrought iron gates, what happened next was amazing; It was a baby wren that just came and looked at me. Lucky I had my camera and I caught the image here.
If you just breath for just one moment, quieten your mind and feel, just feel, you will get a glimpse of it.Clearing your mind of fears, anxieties, worries and tormenting persistent thoughts isn’t easy. However if you do take a moment in your fast auto-robotic life which is rapidly becoming the norm, you may see what I mean.I then asked my friend, “What did you see or do during your 20 minute walk to work?”
“No” She replied.
“Did you see anything interesting?” I asked.
“Not really” She said.
“Do you remember walking to work at all?” I finally asked.
Looking perplexed and deep in concentration, She said unconvincingly, “I think so.” I certainly value the times that I have spent walking to work. They are pleasurable and thankful experiences for me.
I value this beauty around us and the perfection of this creation of light, it makes me feel alive and I respect that time to just be in that moment!
You don’t have to embellish or fabricate the world around you; you just have to open your eyes to it.