My husband and I were out for our usual weekend walk. The sun’s rays were starting to stretch across the pastoral lands that surround our home. The air was crisp with a hint of spring warmth. I noticed bluebirds, a pair of red-tailed hawks, and chickens belonging to a local farm strutting back and forth across a driveway. I breathed it all in and felt a sense of calm overtake my body. My perspective had shifted. I was present to the natural world around me and to the calming voice of my husband as we chatted and laughed.
There is a wonderful children’s book written by 1st graders of Masterson Elementary School in Kennett, Missouri titled September 12th: We Knew Everything Would be All Right. I had purchased it for my oldest children who were ages 7 and 4 at the time. The story provides a reassuring message of hope through simple descriptions of the comforts of ordinary routines in a child’s day.
Amidst all the noise, chatter, and uncertainties present in our world today, I would like to extend a reassuring message that all will be well. Although the comforts of our daily routines may be altered for now, nature’s routines are not. Spring is in our midst and with it comes growth, color, sweet songs, and lasting light. Step outside, get away from the noise, gain a new perspective, be present and grateful for what is given this day.