Being mindful is being in the moment. Living right then and there and just absorbing all of the breeze, colors of the birds, sounds of the wind in the leaves and water lilies. It also means knowing your body and listening to it when it says I’M OVER COLD. It hit me about a mile away from the car so I put it into full speed and we zipped down the trail. I knew then I was overly cold and my muscles were being overly exerted. The gravel road was hard to maneuver with the handle bars and I was being jostled around too much. BUT I must say it was worth the end moments of our trip, and everything in between.
We saw a group of birds ahead. I thought one was pink. Each had a long yellow or black bill but this one was pink. I thought maybe it was a spoonbill which I am fascinated by! And it WAS. As we were going up to him we saw some white birds with black trimmed wings fly above. I got their picture too. By the time we got into the car I assumed I would not be able to move. And I was right. I made it 5 steps in the house and lay there on the floor for an hour unable to even look at the pictures I took. With this muscle disease when my muscles decide they are done, they are done. They will not move. I cannot make them move at all. So I just lay patiently and wait until they work again. Which I did. I had my daughter take a picture of me as she was painting her nails and my husband was making dinner so you can see the real life of muscle disease consequences when I overdo, which I did. I’m so excited to now sit here though and look at my pictures and share them with you. I hope they bring you the calm and peace and joy they brought us.
There was just something about seeing all of those birds together that touched me. None of them were the same. All kinds of birds all coexisting, eating, being together. It was a beautiful thing to see. I mean though….that pink bird right!!!! But then no one acted like he was somehow special, different, because he got to be pink. Nope. I watched them. They were all equals. We can learn from these birds.