I know. It’s spring. The crocus blooms are just bursting to blow through the forest loam, and I’m sending you a picture of sunlight on snow.
Tell me. Do you see the snow or do you see the diamonds? Do you see winter or do you see the deep freeze pushing itself up towards the sunlight.
What I’m really sending you is neither snow nor sunlight. Delivered by the magic of technology is a Feast for your eyes…the main course: Nature’s Reality.
I have spent the past winter too much inside, anchored to my computer, plunged into the task of learning rudimentary tech. For me it’s a hit and miss process. Considering information is exchanged at lightning speed my progress is glacial, slow, measured in bits and bytes of comprehension. My reality…Technofog.
Hours fly by. Days pass. Night moves in and out and then back in again. Technology doesn’t care. I don’t care. I’m on a mission. Occasionally, I hear the outside world calling. Winds sing, windows rattle, chimes ring in a southfacing, sheltered deck. “Come out, come out, wherever you are. Yes, it’s cold outside, but it’s a dry cold. Come out. Come out and play.”
I turn a blind eye, a deaf ear and like a confused turtle, go back inside my head. Finally, thankfully, my body cries, “Enough!” Pushing away from the desk, taking a small step to start my rebellion, I turn and catch a glimpse of the silvery sunshine on the sleek, silky nub of birch bark. “When did the sun start shining so brightly?” The snow gleams with a layer of brilliant crystal bling.
My body calls. “Go out, go out…yes, it’s cold outside but it’s a dry cold…dress warm. Go out. Go out and play.” I listen, bundle up and go.
Grabbing my camera, step by step I head up the hill to the south meadow. Catching my breath with an intake of homecoming, I walk into a land filled with diamonds in the rough. Winter grasses bleached and softened by cold north winds look polished with the sun’s shine. Winter is in full bloom.
I feast my eyes and touch the world. Laying in the soft white snow I glance through the grasses, skyward. Wow. Prisms, crystals, diamonds…everywhere. I pull the camera out of my jacket. Click. My fingers stiffen with cold as I crawl through the snow. Click. Twisting in another direction; Click. Click. Dipping as close as I can to the frosted earth, my head tilts skyward. Click. Click. Click. Finally, I stand up, shake off my snowman coating, stuff my hands into my mitts for warmth and go home. Back to the office. Back to the computer, back to my learning curve. But I am deeply refreshed, nourished and re-energized by my Feast in the meadow.
Now on the eve of another season, I share my Feast with you. This gift is woven by the magic of combining 2 realities. One at a time they may both call to us, inviting us to play. I am lucky. I have learnt through my lesson of neglect, we are best served when we blend our inner and outer realities together.
Ah…do you hear that? “Come out, come out wherever you are. Come out and play.” Now go find a Feast that replenishes you.
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