After work yesterday, Teresa and I took a walk at the Garbry Big Woods Sanctuary. Most of the migratory birds have moved on, however, signs of their activity remain. Many bird species build a nest each spring, as a place to lay and incubate eggs. Every year they do this as they begin again, and create the next generation. Some species lay eggs on the ground. Some use refurbished nest for several years. It’s all kind of amazing.
Looking at this next I could not help but reflect on my connection to ‘home’. Home has always been a special place for me. My parents worked hard to make home a safe place. A place where they could teach us, and prepare us for life. When our sons were young, we worked to have a home where they felt loved. At some point, they started leaving to go build their own nest. That is all kind of amazing too.
Sadly, not everyone has that same experience. Some are homeless or find themselves in circumstances that prohibit them from the same joy. When I feel like things are difficult, I remind myself of how privileged I have been. I am truly grateful for a good life, good friends, and an amazing family. Be grateful for whatever you have, and give back when you can.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ~ Melody Beattie
Be grateful, and have a great day.
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