After almost a month of days of endless gray, the sun peeked out through the clouds yesterday. I’d forgotten how bright and warm even winter days can be when the sun is shining.
I stood by the window, eyes closed, and soaked up the rays for the few minutes that it shone. Such joy!
And captured the brilliance on the sun-kissed blossoms of my bougainvillea.
If you’re open to it, each day is full of surprises and moments of joy. Today, for example, on a bitterly cold winter’s morning, we suddenly noticed a flock of birds flitting back and forth among the trees.
Curious, we took out the binoculars to get a closer look.
Robins, a bird we normally identify with the return of spring, were happily flying about the snow-laden trees.
A surprise that brought a smile, as well as a shake of the head. Did they miss the memo about flying south for the winter?
After a day and night of heavy snow outside, I was greeted by the promise of spring in the glorious blossoms of my bougainvillea.
Isn’t life grand?
I’ve been reading a book by Pam Grout in which she suggests starting every day with the thought that something amazingly awesome will happen today. What’s cool about this is that you begin to look for amazingly awesome moments in each day as a result. As the old saying goes, “Seek and ye shall find.”
I’ve been having so many amazingly awesome days ever since I started doing this.
Here’s a photo of one such moment: a kookaburra that “adopted” me while I was in Australia. It would land right beside where I was sitting and we would have a “chat”. If I moved to the back verandah, it would follow me there. If I went inside the house, it would hop along the railing so it could see through the open door and watch what I was doing. It would fly down and land beside me as I was hanging laundry.
Amazing…and awesome 🙂
What amazing and awesome things have happened to you recently?
When it’s cold outside, and the winter wind is blowing snow around, it helps me to remember that it’s always summer somewhere!
Perhaps this photo, taken as I walked on a long sun-drenched beach in Australia, will bring warmth and sunshine into your day.
One of the joys of travel is experiencing new and unexpected delight.
For example, birds that would be considered “exotic” (and only found in zoos in Canada) are commonplace in Australia.
This rainbow lorikeet is one of many that regularly come to the trees and veranda railings asking to be fed. In fact, there is a pair that have become so comfortable with me that they follow me around everywhere I go, landing right beside me, chirring and chatting.
Just one of my many feathered friends!