19 Apr 2013

The Peace of Wild Things

Everybody has an 'off' day and unfortunately today for me was just one of those days.  I felt a slight change of tone and topic was in order for today's post as I want to share moments in my life on here, especially if I feel that they may effect the enthusiasm that I usually have for my tutorial posts.  

 It's very easy to let things like money, your career and wellbeing get you down, because let's face it, they are pretty damn important.  As one of nature's worriers, I have had to counteract negative thoughts many times before.  My method is to go where there are as few people as possible, to remove myself from the source of the worry and stress.  

Today Kyle took me to a beautiful reservoir for a walk, just on the edge of the Peak District.  I was adamant that I didn't want to go and just wanted to sit and stew in my negative thoughts, however reluctantly I obliged.  He knows that when things get me down that being immersed in nature is the best cure for me.

I feel so lucky that I had my camera with me, as something small, but so special happened on that walk which I was able to document.  We met a little robin, who for some reason was totally unphased by us.  He started off by flying down to our feet and hopping around us, then he flew up to a branch allowed me to get so close (I didn't even need a zoom lens) that we were almost touching.  He followed us for a little while then went about his business of catching flies on the bank of the reservoir.  This wonderful moment instantly cleared my mind and I was calm again.

I was reading a blog post from Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, which included the following poem which completely encapsulates the way today unfolded. 


'When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.'

— Wendell Berry

I hope you all have a peaceful and happy weekend and thank you for reading all the way through this post. Normality and cake will resume very shortly.


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