It becomes very easy to get lost in the not fairs and the when will this stop frame of mind, especially if it seems the universe is against you, throwing tomatoes at you while you stand on the stage of life. For me it just takes one person to tell me to stop and smell the roses literally to snap me out, snap me out at least for a moment to appreciate the beautiful things that surround me.
We were on our way back up the drive way the other day from a family walk, the sun was shining although the air was still crisp for a winter afternoon. My husband randomly said don’t we live in a beautiful place? Snap! I stopped looking at the ground ahead of me and pulled my gaze up and saw the beauty around me.
I am fortunate to live on 8 acres of magnificent land, line with gum trees, streams leading into creeks, sounds of birds, the calls of kookaburras. On the rare occasion when the timing is right we have graced by the presence of a wallaby or two, an echidna, even the occasional koala in the tree. My garden is like a park, with a big oak tree for shade, play equipment for the kids, and a bench for me to sit and watch.
On a sunny day like this day we spend a lot of time outside and the sound of my sons laughter fills the air as he plays chasey with our dogs, in the distance I can hear our cows mowing because it is almost feed time, at which time my husband and son will take hay out on the bike, something my son loves doing with his daddy.
The scene that is presented before me is breathtaking and I have no doubt in that moment how lucky I am to have been allowed to have these things in my life, it also reminds me that there must be a ying and yang to life, as it is almost believable that you cannot have the good without the bad.
My world is blessed with many beautiful things, there are some amazing people to have walked into my life of late, and my neighbours are definitely on that list. They look after me, often making meals for us, giving us bits and pieces for the kids that they no longer need, and in those moments when I just need to get away from my four walls, a cuppa is always there for me to have. Their generosity is not something I have experienced before.
There are friends who will go out of their way to make sure I am ok, even if that means driving to some country town to have dinner with me, or to drop in with some lunch so to make sure I am eating well enough. They are beautiful souls.
Of course the most beautiful things in my life are my husband and children, their laughter, smiles, hugs and kisses instantly lift me when I am down, never letting me down to just be there because I need them to be.
It is important to remember that even on the bleak and dark days to look up from the ground and notice all the beautiful things that surround me……