“If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.” – Alan Watts
I was blessed today to have a little free time, a rare treat just recently as life and work has been pretty busy. After meditating for a short while, I decided to talk a stroll down the lane, take in some vitamin D and bump up my step count for the day.
As I walked I took some pictures, enjoyed the warm breeze and noticed life taking place all around me. Earlier this morning, whilst having a quick scroll through social media, seeing a range of posts, the normal sort of stuff, interspersed with the odd comment about politics, the light and the dark of life and everything in between, I happened upon a video of zack macleod pinsent a young designer who only wears period dress, he said it made him feel 10 feet high, completely happy and that he had never dressed in this way in order to stand out or get noticed, but simply because it made him happy.... the pure energy of his delight exuded from him in bucket loads as I watched him on screen.
This young man came to mind again as I was wandering down the lane, capturing snaps of the varied hedgerow. There was such colour and variety, much like our world I guess. There were tall plants, short plants, green plants, red ones, pink and some yellow, some blossoming, some going to seed and some dying away. Just like people I guess. What struck me was that they each grew alongside one another, shared the same sustaining sun, air and rain. They weren't in competition, they didn't concern themselves with status or standing, there was no politics or discrepancies in beliefs, no fighting for space, just the hedgerow, growing alongside one another in union and connection, despite vast differences.
What also came to mind was how beautiful the delicate flowers were, and that they didn't care or worry how beautiful they were, or in fact if they would ever be seen or witnessed... they simply flourished and blossomed anyway.
Food for thought I guess?
As I returned to our road I noticed that just one of the street lamps was flickering light, despite it being mid afternoon, below it a grit bin. I smiled to myself and the message I saw there, sometimes it takes grit to shine your light, when all around you may seek to find ways to see you as different or to make argument of what may appear to be separation of thought or belief.
I'll leave you with these little acorns..... as from them great oak trees do grow. I hope today's blog may plant a seed that may blossom, especially in these times where we may be made aware of separateness instead of connection.
May you blossom, brightly and happily in your own beautifully unique way, knowing that we are all sparkling stars in this landscape called life that we all share together.
“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” – William James
Or to quote a line from a well known book "Love thy neighbor as thyself"
After all, its simply a choice.