Cricket's Thoughts

Just Be…

Even ducks know how to, just be...

Have you ever really taken the time to watch animals in nature? They live life in the moment, don’t they? Much of their time is taken up with daily instincts of survival.

They may be building nests, caring for their young, gathering and storing food, and at times, running for dear life from their predators. If you watch long enough though, you will see that they also stop now and then to “just be”.

Yes, I realize life is crazy and it threatens to overwhelm you daily.

The bills are stacking up along with the laundry, a gazillion things need your attention, and no matter how many hours you work, sometimes it feels as if you will never catch up. Ya know what? Maybe that is exactly why we need to take some time to just be…

Take a long hot bubble bath. Close your eyes and let the world slip away for a few moments. Read a book, just because you enjoy it, not because it has any real purpose. Take a break to sit on a park bench. Feed the pigeons and talk to them for a bit. Build a huge fire (hopefully in a fireplace) and curl up with your favorite quilt and think of nothing at all. Get lost in your favorite music.

For a few moments today, just be…

Cricket Walker

P.S. A special shout out to all my friends who are participating in the V7N 30 Day Blog Challenge. I know you can do it!

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  • Reply M.-J. Taylor January 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Yes. A friend of mine once said, tigers don’t worry about what it means to be a tiger, they just are. Seems to me that animals also remain in the present. Such a gift, but I would not trade my language ability for that “presence.”

  • Reply Amy Warden January 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Fantastic!! Fortunately, my girls are still off school today, so we have some time to “just be”. It’s harder to do when we are living by our schedules. I would love to schedule in the time to “just be”. Is it wrong that it has to be on my calendar??

    • Reply Cricket Walker January 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      Amy, for those with the most hectic lives, I think it is not only okay that you schedule the time, I think it is imperative that you do so those moments don’t get put on the back burner.

  • Reply Cynthia Powell January 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    love it – need that reminder often!!

    • Reply Cricket Walker January 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      That’s why I remind others! By reminding others, I bring it back into focus for me. 🙂

  • Reply -10 January 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I think we all need this reminder often.

    When I’m stuck on a difficult piece of code, I often find it easier when I leave it and come back to it after a period of relaxation, than if I just try to press against it in futility.

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge,

  • Reply Ruth January 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    That’s a beautiful photo Cricket and words of such meaning to match. I’d love to make a quilt out of that!

    • Reply Cricket Walker January 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      My grandmother used to make the most beautiful quilts, each made with so much love. We do not have enough of that in our lives anymore.

      • Reply Snerdey January 5, 2011 at 11:20 pm

        I still have my grandmothers quilt she made and gave me as a little kid about 9 for Christmas. I was like.. wtf a quilt!! Now, it’s my most prized gift ever!! It’s all torn up around the edges, coming apart but it’s still on my bed to this day. Gotta love Grandma’s.. hey Cricket, you’re a G-MA and you’re Yum’d by someone special I’m sure of it… 😉

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