One of my rituals for each new year is to choose a word to influence me for the year. My word for 2011 is EXPERIMENT. To support my EXPERIMENTAL focus, I commit to post the results of a new experiment each Sunday of this year.
My experiment was to look for something AWEsome in Nature every single day. I like to think I’m connected to Nature, but I gotta tell you, this week helped me realize that I don’t notice her lessons early often enough.
This image is of the one of the oldest and largest live oak trees in North Carolina. We said goodbye to her Wednesday night, during a mega storm here at Lake Waccamaw. The lesson – don’t take even the mighty for granted.
One evening I was sitting outside and witnessed a tree frog watch me and then attach herself to my home. It happened so fast! The lesson – when someone/anyone says ‘watch this’ – WATCH!
Another evening I witnessed a pair of mockingbirds court. They danced. They sang to each other. Then they went behind a tree. I didn’t follow, but I have an idea of what happened next. The lesson – love is happening every minute of every day.
This week I also got to witness something I’ve been trying to witness for the 25 years I’ve lived here at Lake Waccamaw. I got to see a turtle climbing ONTO a log. That may not sound like much, but it was! And here’s the secret – turtles have legs at least as long as Gene Simmons’ tongue. The lesson – be ready to be wOwed.
I received many other lessons from Mother Nature this week.
And I wonder, what has she taught you lately?