A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts. We should be blessed if we lived in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us.
~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods
This morning we received a gift from the sky. We woke up to a soft and gentle rain watering the gardens, the lawn, the meadows, and the woods. I daresay the rain was likely falling across the farm fields surrounding us, too, but I wasn’t out there to be sure so I can only speak about what was happening here on the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.
I’m not sure how much rain we received. The rain gauge is barely registering anything at all. It was enough for now, enough for an almost audible sigh of relief from the land and all the plants that were watered while I slept. There is the possibility of more rain accompanying storms that are expected to either pop up on their own or travel here from the west later this evening.
When I went out for my walk this morning there was a mellow mist ebbing and flowing with a silky breeze, and both the breeze and the mist seemed to wrap around my body like a light blanket, my skin absorbing both elements of air and water. It was warm, of course, as it tends to be this time of year. The hummingbirds were chasing each other around the feeders, and the goldfinches were singing and chattering in the sunflowers. Bees and butterflies were sampling the flowers.
Before I stepped outside, I read this:
“You are freedom and you have no identity. You cannot be labeled, and that’s your beauty and glory — that you cannot say who you are. You are is always in the making. By the time you have asserted that you are this or that, you have moved. You are deciding each moment what to be — to be or not to be. Each moment there is a fresh decision, a fresh release of life. A sinner can become a saint in a single moment, and a saint can be a sinner in a single moment. The unhealthy can become healthy, and the healthy can become unhealthy in a single moment. Just a change of decision, just a change of insight, of vision, and everything changes.” ~Osho, from Everyday Osho
Each moment there is a fresh decision, a fresh release of life… isn’t that delightful?
I think that should do it for this Monday Meander around the ranch. It was a short, but full, walk, the kind that satisfies the senses. The cloud cover was a wonderful break from the brightness of the summer sun, and stayed with us for much of the day.
Thank you for joining me. I don’t think we’ll see much of a sunset this evening, but if you want to drop by the dock just in case the sky puts on a show, sunset is at 8:17 PM.
Don’t forget to stop by Frank’s place tomorrow for an exploration of Light, a collaborative post using Frank’s words and my images. I have not yet seen the final result so I am excited and looking forward to seeing what Frank has put together. I believe the post is scheduled to be published at 9:30 PM (U.S. eastern time). Hope to see you there. Note: I had to correct the time. When this post went out, I had 9:30 AM. Not sure if anyone will see the correction, but it’s here. Just in case.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Sitting on the bench and watching a Great Blue Heron for about thirty minutes this morning (this was especially joyful because the herons usually fly off as soon as I get near the lagoon); the gifts of rain and cloud cover giving us a small break from summer’s glare; the variety of colors in the gardens; butterflies and hummingbirds; laughter.