Three ingredients give way to the recipe for a new page of lessons for me on this amazing journey.
An awakening, 24 hours of my life teaches me more than a life time of ignored lessons. At the beginning of the turn of our earth in my full circle day I noticed the blossoms on the Cherry Blossom Trees along the highway while enjoying a relaxing drive with my dear friend Colleen who calmed my soul as we embarked on our journey all along anticipating my destination and beginning Stella Day I didn't even remember the beauty and significance of the Cherry Blossoms till my ride home 24 hours later this morning.
During my pregnancy with Stella I had an unusual attraction to the Cherry Blossom Tree, I craved Cherries my entire pregnancy and found comfort in every image of the tree I saw. Before her I never really noticed the Tree and it certainly had no significance to me, Stella is the birth of the Cherry Blossom Tree for me.
After my heart warming day with my daughter I enjoyed the comfort and happiness of a night in the home of a friend who is so many things to me, she has grown to be my spiritual guide, my center for days when I need an ear to just hear and now my mentor in more ways than I can ever properly thank her for. Diane is a woman of the earth, she I believe has lived many lives as she is a wise and serene old soul. She has a comfort inside herself that surpasses any I have encountered. No self doubt, no need to fill her basket with temporary ingredients, no rush to accomplish goals, just organized thought and contentment with what is.
We sat in her jungle of a home, she is what most green thumbs would envy, her love for her plants and animals is one a mother has for her child. She loves all plants and I believe has just about every species of plant you can grow indoors. Her craft for art spills over into her ability to love and nurture all things living around her. Her Orchids are quite breath taking and caught my attention the entire visit with a spirit all their own.
|Beauty is all around us, all we have to do is open our eyes!|
|A woman's best friend!|
Her animals are characters all their own as well, her dog who gave us both quite the laugh last night snores like a drunken man, he loves his momma and he is a gentle soul who knows more than we do on any given day.
|Thank you Great Spirit of life|
|I appreciate every story you share|
|You saw right through me, now I see you~|
|Where there was pain There is now Light~|
|I love you!|
Something inside of me instinctively knew to ask, and to graciously thank the Tree for allowing me to share it with the world as I captured it's essence on film I spoke to this amazement of nature and gave thanks for the release of my nightmares the night before now knowing there was a connection somehow. I realized while talking to this tree how beautiful it was, while it was gutted and hollow it was full of stories, fruitful with leaves and bursting with determined energy to live despite the concrete world around it. I though of us all, how we are stuck in the concrete around us, cement laid by our own doing that keeps our inner life force surrounded with the makings of man, materialistic possessions, portfolios, credit scores, etc.. All forms of cement we lay around us day after day forgetting the beauty inside of us that needs love and tenderness, needs to be seen. I also thought of the inner workings of this Tree. Not so unlike our own inner workings. We walk through life carrying many burdens on our heart, those burdens eat away at our Souls, surround our Spirits with cement and trap them inside of us till we forget they are there and condition ourselves to become bodies searching for a Soul rather than Souls living in a body. Though this Tree is gutted the light shines through it's openings to the center and breathes life. We too can release the pain inside of us by opening up and letting the light shine in, then the light within can shine out and we can begin to heal and start really living, break down the concrete built around us, live freely.
|Making our way back to One Love|
|Hurry, hurry so you can buy that house on the hill|
|Don't let life drive right by you|
I have driven this route a thousand plus times and just now realized how much of it I had never before seen. It occurred to me I have traveled roads my whole life missing all that lay beyond the concrete path I followed to my destination, a destination so important that I forgot about my final destination. My final destination, what is that? What it is depends on how I travel there. I know that today, literally I know that TODAY! I didn't know it every day before this day.
As we made our way through the mountains and passed so many trees I saw more Cherry Blossom Trees, I saw beautiful rolling hills, I saw the nature that lay just beyond the concrete path we traveled and realized something. I have been in hurry my whole life to get to places I don't even remember today. I have missed all the beauty around me and I have lived thinking I was achieving goals to get me to a place in life that I would find happiness while happiness was right beneath the concrete I traveled on, the earth, the trees, the Cherry Blossoms.
|Life in the slow lane, a life traveled better by far|
The happiness I find in these splendors of nature is more fulfilling than any brand new car ever was, than any impressive 3 story condo was, than any flat screen TV made me feel. All the things I hurried to be able to gain are not with me today, I do not miss them but I do miss all that I didn't see that was all around me every day of a life I lived in to much of a hurry to see it. I felt regret for passing that need to get to no where on to my children who now travel the road in a hurry to get to their destination as well.
|The light at the end of the Tunnel is at the Beginning|
I lived my life in a tunnel, driving along a road with so much beauty to occupy my trip yet my tunnel vision kept me suspended in darkness always seeking the light at the end of the tunnel. I chose to live that way, all I had to do was get in the passenger seat and let go, let the other driver drive. I never have been a good passenger, no my control issues left me paying attention to the road, my trust issues left me unable to relax and let it be while I saw all there was to see. I won't let that happen to the rest of my life, no Diane and her amazing energy gave me sight, thank you Diane you are alright!
Colleen, Diane, My Baby Daddies and Stella thank you for an amazing 24 hours of my life that taught me a life time of lessons, today I sit humbled at what can be accomplished in one turn of our mother earth, I stare in amazement at the life around me, the world we work so hard to own a piece of not recognizing we cannot own earth not even a little piece of it.
|When life gets to much to bare, pick cherries!|
Diane, you will always be Road Rage, Rosemary and Sage to me. You taught me a valuable lesson about the path we take in life, you shared your amazing home with me and you prepared me the best baked chicken and potato dinner with no salt and just the right combination of Rosemary and Sage. I love you my friend, your an amazing woman. Thank you~