I took this picture last week. One of those moments where nature arrested my attention and I gave over to Her completely.
Thankfully I have a life (because I insist on it) that allows me to spend time Her.
Aside from that I also pass many an hour in a car. And because of that, I’ve come to realize the importance of not forgetting about my surroundings even when I’m in a metal box on wheels rolling across the earth.
I look at the sky, the surrounding mountains and trees whenever possibly. I see so many red tail hawks and other birds. One night not too long ago I was even alert enough to spot a frog crossing the road and stopped to let him pass. It’s amazing what you can catch, even from these machines made to mobilize us, if you’re paying attention.
Yesterday at a stop light I spotted a formation of birds flying across the sky. It was a long light so I was able to really take them in for a good little while.Their connection to one another and nearly perfect geometry was another one of those awe inspiring arresting moments with nature. However intelligently engineered the luxury cars surrounding me in the posh suburb I was driving through, this beautifully and seemingly invisibly guided serenade in the wild blue yonder trumped them all.
As the light – one of the many mechanical, man-made signals we have created to give us cues externally – turned green I thought of the importance of staying connected with and curious about nature. Speaking for myself, there’s something in that open-minded observation that simultaneously humbles me and exalts me beyond myself.
If we spend all our time interacting with machines and gadgets we can control, it’s easy to become narrowly ego-centered and to forget the vast network of life and intelligence we are part of. All the inventions we cherish so much are borrowing heavily from that in the first place. So I think it’s only fair that we take care not to let them block out the forces and natural wonders that made them possible.
The greatest inventions, athletic feats, bodies of writing, art, and music have been and still are given birth to by those who’s hearts are open to catch the wonder in a bird flying, a stream running, or a flower blossoming. And who’s curious minds still travel outward in contemplation of this round planet spinning on its axis, moving through vast space in perfect proximity to the other planets of our solar system – all centered around that great star called The Sun.
If this isn’t enough to keep a human wondering for at least one life time I don’t know what is. And to think there’s so much more – planets and suns and solar systems – beyond that.
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