I found myself walking along a sidewalk and suddenly stopping. A bird is singing. I began looking to see if I could locate the bird in the tree. I finally spot the bird high among the branches. I am sure that there were many others in the audience of this performance. However, I believe I was the only human that was enjoying the song. How long I stood, listening to this concert, I am not sure.
I turned and continued on my journey down the sidewalk. Another concert was in progress and caught my attention. This time it was the sound of a locust on the side of a tree. I left my pathway and approached the performer only to be entertained once again by natures subtleties. The locust, with its unique sound, continued performing without any knowledge of my being a member of his audience. The song brought back memories of my childhood, listening to the night sounds that seemed like a million piece orchestra when we visited the deep south. After the last note had seemingly been sung, I turned once again to my path only to be distracted one more time by a rolling leaf!
Of all things, a rolling leaf. I stopped in my tracks and watched this leaf tumble along the grass. Stopping sporadically by the grass that it was resting on, I began to wonder why it would be stopped in its tracks. Was it the wind gust subsiding as it held its own? Was it something about the shape of the leaf that would cause it to grab the blades of grass, while passing over others? Could it be that this leaf had found its final resting place, or was it continuing on to a place that neither the leaf or the wind would determine?
I looked around wondering how many had seen my unusual journey. Was there anyone that had laughed to themselves about my wandering nature? I had just spent nearly fifteen minutes stopping and pondering nature and its incredible uniqueness and beauty. The concerts that I had enjoyed, the beauty of a fall leaf on the ground, the stillness that had consumed me had just brought moments of peace into my life.
To stop and just enjoy life for its simplicity was invigorating. Are there others that stop and enjoy those moments in time? They should! What a creation we live in….but even more what a wonderful creator that made these things for us to enjoy. So, slow down and enjoy the concert season along with the performance of a tumbling leaf.
Maybe it is time to just take some time.