Above is an image of a Red-winged Blackbird at the wetlands. In some sense our modern world has lost its sense of watching life live. We have become so addicted to our electronic devices, we do not see life living. It is a different experience to take a nature walk plugged into your phone listening to music's top 40 and walking in nature listening to the sound and life living around you. Throughout history people have become wise by just observing the nature around them. Let us not experience Life through an App, but experience Life "WATCHING LIFE LIVE!"
Above is an image of the Seattle Waterfront from the Ferris Wheel on the same Waterfront. The Ferris Wheel takes you up and down for different views of the city. In Life when we make decisions our process may seem like we go up and down, which is why when we make life decisions, we should use the process of Discernment. Discernment is not a snap decision but rather a slower process. We weigh all options, talk to learned people, evoke our feelings for each choice, and mull over the ups and downs of the decision. It is a longer process to make a decision, but when making major life choices it is a necessary process. It is not a choice of "what are we going to have for dinner?", but life decisions of career, relationships, and the major changes in life. When faced with those major life decisions put yourself through a process of "Discernment," then you will weather "THE UP AND DOWNS OF DECISIONS!"
Above is an image of a Bird Rookery. All the birds work together in the rookery to achieve their goals. They are in it All In All. If only our world could adopt the same mindset it would be a much better world. We work so hard to distinguish ourselves and judge others on our differences. The birds may all be different from each other, but they all manage to come together for a common good. Our world has always been so divided, but in reality the differences between us are so small. If only we could come together "ALL IN ALL!"
Above is an image of a woman just sitting, relaxing, and enjoying a cup of coffee. We spend so much of our lives running around here to there, that we do not know how to relax and enjoy life. Whether its the kids, work, family, sports, things I have to do (not really), we do not know how to stop and relax. We spend so much of our time running around, we never learn how to relax. We keep telling ourselves when we retire then we will stop and relax. However, once we do retire, we have never learned how to relax and boredom sets in and we run around all over again until we die. Today, if nothing else, before its too late: "STOP, RELAX, ENJOY!"
Above is an image of two Wood Storks teaming up to build a nest. One Wood Stork receives "a little help from my friends". As much as we would like to go at it all alone, we do need help from our "friends". Now our friends can range from actual friends to trusted "experts" who can advise us on specific issues. So often we are stubborn and refuse to ask for help, but people are willing to help one another if we just ask. Never be afraid to ask for help or to give help. This world of ours needs "A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS!"