If you feel weary of things you have to do in life, go out and find a Downy Woodpecker.
You will realize that everyone has some work they must do in life.
And that nobody has time for you.
I was making a joke earlier. Downy Woodpeckers are different. They will make eye contact….
…for a split second. This kind gesture will fill you with enough joy to last a few days. You can go home marveling at the invisible connection and understanding you have with the rest of existence.
The other birds I saw that day were: Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbirds, Goldfinches and three Hooded Mergansers (Mallards and Canada Geese too ofcourse!). 10 minutes walk from home, at my treasure trove.
Sometimes it’s okay to let yourself have some rest. Let us be kind to each other and to ourselves. Here are a few words from a favorite contemporary poet of mine:
Here let me hold that soul for you because you have been drowning
in labels for so long that you have grown tired of survival.
Here is a moment of bliss, a moment of aliveness.
All day long I expend. I hold together, I lift up, I give out
But sometimes, I just take in. – Lauren Zuniga
I walked to the small nameless pond near our home the first morning after arrival. I missed being out in nature while I lived in Bucharest Romania. Of course, it was paradise for me the trips we took out of the city. I particularly grew fond of Busteni, a small town Continue reading “First Images in Canada for 2016”→