It was a long winter. For everyone.
But today — as I was hiking under a clear blue sky — I felt the weight of winter (finally) lifting.
Oh, the joy!
Nature has the incredible power to change our mood and also open doors of inspiration that allow words to flow easily and naturally. She also helps us to notice beauty (if we listen).
During my hike, halfway up the hill, I sat down on a bench and took out my paperback copy of The Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay to a most appropriate page:
I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.
And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down.
— Afternoon on a Hill, Edna St. Vincent Millay
I’m hoping that the coming (warmer) months will bring more days “under the sun” and will fulfill us all in such a way that the simple touch of a flower will bring us joy, gladness, and inspiration.
To be outdoors — experiencing nature in her full glory — just feels “right,” doesn’t it?
Going forward, I will be spending less time on the computer and more time just “listening.”
I will not miss my computer.
I don’t think anyone on their deathbed has every uttered, “Oh, how I wish I’d spent more time on my laptop.”
So, enjoy the weekend,
breathe some fresh air,
and spend an afternoon, outdoors,
perhaps on a hill,