Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Nature Stills Me
While traveling with colleagues today, I was captivated by their enthusiastic and good-humored conversations about their busy lives. Their comments ranged from the hectic pace of their children's before- and after-school activities to deer hunting plans to hosting large numbers of guests around the upcoming Thanksgiving table. I used to love a sense of busyness in my life but I now appreciate much more a quieter, more measured existence. As the conversations swirled around me, I found myself staring out of the vehicle window at the stunning sunset over the Wisconsin River, the deer that were placidly eating in a hollow, a hawk flying over a cornfield now stripped bare, and the silhouettes of trees and silos on the prairie. Busyness and merriment have their place, most certainly, but I am satisfied to be quieter right now, just as nature is quieting down, preparing for winter. Truly, nature grounds me and stills me, no matter what is happening around me. Now that is something for which to be grateful.