The other day, Jonas asked, “Can we go and explore the Missouri river?” I said, “I guess so. We’ll have to look it up and see where we can go to do that.”
Well, I did look it up, and we did drive to a trail, and the trail was closed. So, we drove to another trail, and while it was opened, there wasn’t much to explore, but…
There was a cool view of Kansas City between the trees……and there was a cool bridge……and the bridge made for a nice spot for a picture of my boys……and of my husband with our little guy……and of my beautiful daughter (the other beautiful daughter was at home with a headache, napping in an unusually quiet Kraft house).We decided to view the river from another location – the city.The first thing I spotted was a passenger train – not something I’ve seen too many times in my life.And since I had my camera, and my special little lens, I decided to get a little extra creative and take some interesting photos.Like this one……and this one.The guys were impressed with the massive old building blowing smoke out its top, so I asked Jared to pose in front of it.And I caught my husband river gazing, so I snapped a shot of that too.I often picture the city with only concrete and bricks, but at least by the river, we found plenty of natural beauty as well… Like a pretty little spot of yellow behind a chain link fence…… and some more yellow flowers with rich brown centers growing up between old blocks of concrete.
I even found some echinacea in it’s final moments of color.When we walked back to the van, I admired the old, deep red bricks on the buildings and wondered what it would be like to live in the midst of a city in an apartment – it’s something I know nothing about.Life is so full of new things to explore. After 14 years of country living, I’m enjoying being close to an interesting, lively city. There is so much to see and this was such a tiny little portion of what is here. Beauty is all around us.
If you were to look at a plant or a tree’s flower with withered petals that were losing their color, you might think to yourself, Its glory days are over, but are they?
While the flower might have been beautiful only days before, and attracted the attention of everyone who walked by, its greatest work was just about to begin! When the flower held its beautiful, fragrant bloom, it not only drew eyes, but it also attracted pollinators which would allow it to bear fruit in its next stage. For that flower, which was no longer in bloom, would reproduce!
Sometimes our lives are in the stage of blossoming. It feels good there… to attract the attention of those who see us. They might feel like our glory days, but are they? Those days of blossoming should be days of attracting attention for the purpose of bearing fruit. Fruit bearing is productive… it’s our moment to give back.
Fruit bearing moments aren’t always pretty. In fact, we might go completely unnoticed by others during this stage of our life… we might feel ugly and worthless, but we should never forget what we are doing and why we are there. We should rejoice, for we are about to bear fruit!
Sometimes when I get emails, they are ended with “Cheers!” I used to think it seemed a little funny, but I’ve grown quite fond of it. In fact, I’ve started to use my own version at the end of notes that seems to carry the same happy emotion – “Cheerio!”
We could all use some cheer now and then, and we should all spread some cheer whenever we can. Today, for various reasons, I needed a little cheering. Nothing dreadful, just felt a little gloomy. So, I went in search of some things to cheer me.
Nature transfers me to a beautiful mental place. Noticing what’s around me gives me an appreciation for the extraordinary beauty that is so close by – the beauty that sometimes goes unnoticed because my mind is too pre-occupied.
I have a Hydrangea Tree right outside my front door that bloomed when almost everything else was done blooming. It brought fragrant white flowers that attracted humming birds and butterflies. Later the blooms took on a hint of pink. Now, weeks later, they are pale green with pink places still present . What a treasure, right in my front yard.
Even this weed, growing near the sidewalk caught my attention. No bigger than a quarter, look at the intricate detail of this little flower. Magnificence right before me – all I had to do was stop and take notice.
Perhaps the best cheer to be found is in the people who are in our lives. People who offer us love and bask in the love we offer them. Just noticing them cheers me. Engaging in conversation or reading a book together, distracts my weary mind entirely. Loved ones should be treasured. They are what really matters.
If you needed a little cheer today as well, hopefully what brought some to me, will have brought some to you. Most importantly, I hope you are inspired to take a look around you and see what little treasures you have missed. Go find them!