Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nature's Reflections


 
The skies are nearly a continuous shade of gray now, here in my little world.





 But within the seemingly dull expanse there are subtle colorations that become apparent when you take the time to really 'see'.

 
 
 
There are shades of lavender and blue,
  rose and pale yellow,
with soft hues of salmon, tangerine and magenta if you know when to look,
moments before the sun sets when the light escapes from under the perpetual blanket of clouds.
 
 
 
 
The bold colors of summer and fall give way to the gently diffused shades of mist and fog,
 


 
 
 and the glimmering silver of rain.
 
 
 
 
Time gradually moves through the mist in quiet introspection as Autumn gives way to Winter's deep solitude.
 
 
 
 
While nature falls into quiet slumber, we naturally feel the urge to slow down, to move inward for our own time of quiet introspection.
 
As the season draws to a close, we pause to reflect on the time that has passed.
 
 
 
 
We gather our harvest of memories, like nature's fallen leaves, transforming the growth of this year's lessons into nourishment for our soul.
 
 
 
 
We shine the light of gratitude for all that we have learned, for all that we have loved.
 
 
 
 
While gracefully embracing all that we've lost, retaining the lessons and saving the love, while letting the rest fall away to be transformed into next year's growth.
 
 
 
 
For even in the cold, harsh Winter of life, there is the sparkling promise of Spring's renewal to fortify us against the raging storms.
 
 
 
 
For it is Love that remains no matter how bleak the landscape.
 
It is found in the sunset, the whispering wind, the gentle murmuring of falling rain.
 
And with Autumn's rain the trickles of wisdom and compassion grow, fed by the lessons we've learned and the love that we've shared.
 
Until it overflows, into streams of shimmering thoughts, creating our world.
 
 
 
 
Nature reminds us that we all contribute to the flow of life, gradually building upon itself to form mighty rivers that flow
 
 into
 
 
 
 
The Sea of Humanity
 
 
 
 
So, as we stand on this shore of reflection, we understand that we move forward not as islands alone, but rather as the very sea itself.
 
With the depth of compassion, the clarity of insight, the force of the love of all those who surround us, who came here before us, who will follow us yet, we all join in the river of life, always moving forward with the same goal in mind.
 
 
 
 
Life, Love and Joy.
 
 
 
 
So as we renew and reflect during this quiet season, saying goodbye to the old and preparing for the new, let us remember that it is up to each and every one of us how we would like our world to unfold.
 
xx


23 comments:

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    1. Thank you, Keith- it's always a pleasure. xx

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    1. Francesca, so pleased you came for a visit! I hope you are finding time to spend in your beautiful craft room! xx

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    1. So glad you stopped my Cindy. I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. xx

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  4. How very beautiful, and how very true, Karen. Thank you for showing us the subtle colours and the significance of what seems insignificant at the time.

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    1. Thank you, Christine! I always love your visits. Hugs to you. xo

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  5. Such beautiful photos and words! What a view you have. It's breathtaking!

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    1. Thank you, Tammy for visiting, from your neck of the woods to mine! xx

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  6. Oh your words touched me more than you will ever understand this is beautiful. Thank you.
    Your photos are amazing and I feel such a sense peace I have not felt for awhile. Hug. B

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    1. Thank you, Buttons, this makes me happy. You always inspire me, as well. I hope you have a wonderful day. xx

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  7. It's amazing the beautiful things we can see if we really look! Gorgeous photo's!

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  8. Hi Karen,
    What a lovely post, a fine tribute to our grey skies:-) Have you see tonights moon, it's a lovely night, but I am ready for snow:-) Your Twiggy on your sidebar jumped out at me, I have a Twiggy, I have never know anyone else who has:-) I had a Bear too, I love seeing all your furry family, I have six Italian Greyhounds:-)
    Hugs and Happy Weekend to you:-)
    Bella

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    1. Dear Bella, I have noticed the lovely moon and I do wish for some beautiful snow to put us in the festive mood! I have not known another Twiggy lover either, and how funny you had a Bear, too! I have seen your lovely greyhounds on your beautiful blog. Thank you for visiting xx

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  9. Dearest Karen,
    You are once again in a poetic mood but a good one for reflection. Wish more people would learn to do this in their lives... Sealing off the sad events of our year and holding on to the pure memories of love, laughter and sunny times. The year will vanish soon, but we will pass over those treasured memories.
    Hugs to you and thanks for sharing always such wonderful photos from your idyllic place.
    Mariette

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    1. Dear Mariette, I am so glad that you have stopped over for a little chat; I always love to read your friendly and generous comments. As you can see, I have learned to 'reply'! And I learned this from you on your lovely blog, giving the directions! Thank you for sharing that! A big hug for you! xx

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    2. Dearest Karen,
      As my LAST words in a long, long day I have to say that you flatter me!
      Thanks and enjoy the weekend.
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  10. Oh I wish it would rain here...believe it or not I actually had to finally water one of my cactus plants as it was beginning to shrivel up!!! I just love the surrounding area of where you live...so beautiful

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    1. Dear Danielle, I will wish for some rain for you - we had nearly 3 months with no rain this past summer and I know how much it is missed when there is none. Thank you for visiting, you are always so sweet. xx

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  11. What beautiful words to describe all that can be seen through and inspired by the color grey. <3

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  12. Thank you, Stacy Lyn. I was feeling inspired that day! xx

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