Saturday, 17 April 2010

Gratitude

Today the two boys are with us on bicycles. The grandson pedals off, legs revolving with furious intensity after the near teenager on his larger machine. As Lady is let off the lead and given the word she bolts off in pursuit. Dad, granddad and master stands witness to the enthusiastic energy of children and dog as they rapidly leave him further behind.
There is no consistent wind this morning, nothing we could even label a breeze but large blobs of heavy cold damp air dab the face. It works like a cold shower, an alarm to the awareness that out on a walk you should look at life in another way. Thoughts today have been dominated by material concerns, which have been allowed to crush happiness. These negative thoughts now reduce to insignificance, here are the things in life that matter. The two kids (soon to be three with the imminent arrival of a granddaughter), the nature around full of wonder to marvel at. I should have gratitude for what is there, not over-inflated despair for what is not. True happiness is best built on a foundation of gratitude.
On our return there is food, after such a trip the body and soul appreciate it.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Bloggers Block?

It is a glorious spring evening. There is hardly a whisper of wind, the turbines are at rest. A deep red sun is sinking through the forest, now between the trunks under the crowns of the trees, the clouds above like red-hot coals.

How can I explain such beauty, several times I've sat down to write about it and nothing has come. Is there such a condition as “bloggers block”? I know that I am not always very outgoing verbally feeling that I have little to offer, better as a listener than contributor. Perhaps I am a reader rather than writer.

As we turn for home a few of the streetlights are already alight, confused by the change in time and quick progression of the seasons, I sympathise with them.