I went for a walk this morning. I had to make myself get out and do it. I have been in a low spot the past couple of days and I knew that a walk would ground me even though I resisted doing it. So I put one foot in front of the other and was on my way. One of the things I have always treasured in my journey is signs of encouragement. When I least expect it, there they are. For me, they are little messages from God that everything is going to be okay. I see many of these signs through beauty in nature. Birds, sunsets, three acorn caps on one stem, are just some of the things that encourage me.
Today I saw three of my favorite bird signs. A crane flew right across my path (less than 10 feet) and landed just to my left in a residential yard. The bird just stood there looking at me as I passed by. My heart smiled at this bird just dropping by to say Hi. Then, as I passed by some bushes, in the grassy opening was a cardinal. Cardinals are my favorite sign. Their vibrant color cheers me up. The cardinal did not fly away, it just hopped a few feet away from me and stopped. I stood and watched him for a little while, soaking in the warmth of the moment. The last sign was a hawk. I actually only heard the hawk with it’s distinctive call. I looked where the sound was coming from but never did spot him.
I arrived home with my heart lighter than when I left. I felt grounded for having spent time outside admiring this beautiful world we live in. I am grateful for a body that allows me to do all this.
When you are in a funk try taking a walk and looking for beauty around you. Feel the ground beneath your feet. Smell the air. Feel the wind on your skin.