#MondayMusings : Of lessons from each moment
It has been a week since the New Year! We started off with new dreams and resolutions. How has the first week of the New Year treated you? The week so far has been great for me but it was also a little difficult. Why? Though a vacation especially during the holiday season leaves you refreshed, it also makes routine really boring. I was pumped up, ready to face all the challenges that are in store for me and also make my dreams reality as the clock struck 12 that day. But as the day progressed, I had more lessons to be learnt!
Being the bibliophile that I am, I chose to read a book to spend my time that afternoon. I usually sit inside the house or just near the main door of the house when I am reading. But that day I decided to sit a little away from the house closer to the fields. As I sat down and began to read the book, I heard the rustle of the leaves. Dismissing it to be just the work of the wind, I continued reading. But then there was the sound again and this time it was louder. I looked for the source of the sound and then saw a bird perched on a tree. It looked like a spotted dove but I am not sure of that. I wanted to see what it was upto. Keeping the book aside, I watched the bird. As I watched, the bird flew to another tree. But as I began to notice the surroundings, I saw many other birds -birds of various colours and species, most of which I couldn’t identify. I sat there amazed!
How had I not noticed this all this time I wondered! The birds weren’t there just that afternoon, they were always there. It was just that I hadn’t seen them or rather I had failed to notice them. When I went inside the house and I told my mom that I saw a lot of different birds, she asked me if I’d taken any pictures as I’m pretty famous in my family circles as the one who clicks pictures of anything and everything. I realized that I hadn’t! Nature inspires me and I usually take pictures to see them later and relive that moment and write something inspired by it. But this afternoon with the birds needed no picture to remember it.
The new year is still fresh and a lot of opportunities are waiting for us with arms open wide. We have our resolutions and plans to guide us through the new year. But often when we are running it like a race, we fail to notice what is around us. While it is okay to stay focused on our goals, it is also necessary for us to look around and see where we are. It is not just the goal that matters, it is the journey as well. We see what we choose to see. We may end up reaching the goal and but when we look for the prize only in the end, we fail to see the little prizes that we were given all along the journey.
Look around, you’ll never know what you’ll see! There are always lessons to be learned, especially from nature. I wrote a poem inspired by the lessons I learned from nature. What lessons has 2018 taught you so far?
Linking this to Monday Musings at Everyday Gyaan.