Moving Gently Through My World

As I walked along the beach this morning I was surprised and excited to see the little blue-headed crane walking ahead of me. This is a rare sighting. Usually I need to be much earlier since the crane is people-shy and when activity starts on the beach, it is nowhere to be seen. I immediately stopped walking so as not to frighten it, opened the camera on my phone, and waited hopefully for it to stop so I could capture it in repose. It stopped, and looked out at the ocean. I clicked the camera, then walked gently toward it so I could get a clearer photo. It suddenly turned, gazed in the opposite direction and then moved forward again. I gently moved behind it. When it stopped I focused the camera for a new shot and as I did, I realized I had another and bigger crane, also in view, standing motionless. If I had not been moving gently as I followed, I would never have been treated to that sight of the bigger crane.



My thoughts then went to how there has been so much hype in the media about setting goals and making resolutions for the New Year. I have found it annoying and not the mental environment in which I wish to find myself. Just yesterday I received a new blog posted by an internet friend and colleague, a woman who writes about her mid-life, inspires her many readers to reflect on their life happenings, and to use those reflections to move forward to a better place mentally and often physically. In this blog she shares how and why she chooses a Word that will guide her as she focuses on new year activities and perspective. She asked us,” What is your guide Word for this new year and why?

I realized that my answer was the same Word I had chosen the year before. It is “Gently”. It has served me well and will continue to do so for 2023. I have this Apache Blessing, framed, and at eye level view on my writing desk. Here it is.

“May the sun bring you new energy by day.

May the moon softly restore you by night.

May the rain wash away your worries.

May the breeze blow new strength into your being.

May you walk gently through the world

and know its beauty, all the days of your life.”

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