This blog thing is beginning to make me uneasy. Although it’s great to have an audience of faithful readers, quite frankly, the comments I am getting are puzzling. Many of the responses are remarks that don’t appear to have any connection with my subject matter,and the email addresses from the senders are unusual, to say the least.
Since I am obviously older, and not very computer savvy, I’m not sure what is drawing readers to my blog. I had hoped to have some feedback about how others look at life, because my own experience is, that “looking” at life…noticing it as it is happening…paying attention to the beauty and wonder around you, helps offset the hardships and difficulties we all experience.
Regardless of a bad economy, trying to make it on Soc.Sec., the higher price of food and gas, an aging body that hurts a lot of the time, illness in the family and more obligations than I can handle sometimes…life IS wonderful.
By throwing out bird seed every day, I have attracted a large population of birds, finches, chicadees, sparrows, nuthatches, wrens, doves…even quail – that all feed together peacefully. They are lovely to watch, sweet to the ear to hear and peaceful to the soul when I take the time to notice. The hummingbirds I have been writing about for two years, are still here. They hang out on their perches or feeders and watch the rain or the snow, hovering inches from my hands as I hang their feeders up; all this brings me a sense of wonder and happiness that many people would not understand.
Living on top of a hill, looking at the Sierras, the cloud formations are astounding sometimes and the alpenglows are magnificient.
It is the simple, miraculous, beautiful and enduring things that make life worth living…and noticing. So to all you readers out there, I invite you to share your own feelings or experiences with these things with me, but I’m not trying to make myself popular, or rich & famous with this website or this blog. I’m simply doing what I have learned to do…follow the passions of my heart, pay attention to life, thank God for all the blessings and abundance in my life and express myself through my writing.
Post Script: In light of what is happenig around the world, this sounds totally out of touch. I’m not. Life is tragic and unbearably brutal and difficult for much of the world, even here in our own country. My approach to life is not to make less of the hardships or intense pain and loss we can experience. It is simply to underscore that in the midst of the worst life has to offer, there is still beauty and miracles to be noticed. Ironically, the latest issue of Scientific American Magazine, has a whole article on our “resilience” – our ability to recover mentally from great tragedies. It has to do with learning how to “manage” if you will, our reactions to things, and learning strategies to cope with the powerful emotions of fear, grief and anger. Another irony…my book, Moment by Moment…an Ageless Process that’s coming out soon, is about that very thing…tools we can use to soothe, nourish recover and restore ourselves. God bless those who are in the middle of great fear, pain and despair right now. As hard as it is to believe, we have the ability to overcome.
I hope to hear back from those of you who get what I’m talking about.