****Firstly, thank you Judy for nominating me for the Candle Lighter Award. It was completely unexpected, and wholly appreciated. **** 🙂
On Friday I was feeling a bit frustrated. My house was full to overflowing and I felt like I couldn’t breathe properly. So after migrating from lounge, to bedroom, to kitchen, I went outside, took one of the cushions off a patio chair, and lay down on the grass. On my back.
At first, as I lay there, I saw nothing, heard nothing. I just breathed as deeply as I possibly could. But slowly I started noticing things. The first thing I saw was, of course, the flimsy clouds high above. 🙂 I noticed how white they were against the bright blue sky. They were subtly changing shape as I lay there watching. Wisps of cloud would detach itself from the mama cloud, drift a bit and re-attach itself again (as if they just cannot let go of Mom’s apron strings), changing and shifting all the time. Softly, and gently.
Then I suddenly saw swallows in the air with the clouds. Tiny black specks against the white and blue of the sky. They were darting all over the place. Diving downwards, rolling, tumbling, shooting back upwards, frolicking like they had no care in the world. (Which of course they don’t, being swallows, but it sounded good… 🙂 )
There was nothing similar between the clouds and the birds, in fact the differences and contrast couldn’t have been bigger, but overall they had exactly the same effect on me. It relaxed me, calmed me down and made me smile!
I lay there for quite a while, turning my head in all directions to try and take in everything around me. I rolled my head right back and looked at the trees and clouds behind me – upside down, of course! And wow! How gorgeous seeing the world from that perspective! The world on its head – imagine that!
I know – you are shaking your head, muttering under your breath about this crazy person doing things kids don’t even do anymore… That’s OK, because that is exactly my point!
When last did you do something as simple, and as ‘eccentric’ as that? Can you remember how it made you feel? I cannot remember the last time I did that, and I cannot explain to you the difference it’s made to my mood – it lifted me waaaaaaaay up! 😀
Go on, try it sometime. I dare you.