Learning to fly, leaving that nest of safety, feeling the wind in your wings, all of that can be pretty scary. So you learn to find a safe place to simply hang on and get your bearings. Then you begin to feel the excitement and exhilaration of finally being able to fly…so you call out to say, “Hey, Mom! Look at me!”
She’s not far away, keeping a watchful eye. And she calls back to you, “Yes! I see you! I knew you could do it!”
What I began to write here just didn’t work, so I’m regrouping and starting again.
I really just want to share this adorable image of a Yellow Warbler on her nest, taken while we were at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area last Sunday. Some other people had noticed this tiny nest that was within arms reach from the boardwalk we were all standing on, and I was so glad to have my camera ready. Isn’t she just precious?
And I want to tell you that this makes me think of nurturing ourselves, giving the kind of love and care and attention to ourselves that no one else can. We have to learn to love ourselves enough to take care of ourselves just as we would take care of those we love.
So if you were going to do this, how would it look in your life? Would you sit on the nest and keep your little loved ones warm while they are growing? Sure you would.
But how would you take care of You while you continue to grow in spirit, or as your body changes? What would that look like?
And if your loved one is brokenhearted, or joyful, or lonely, or just bursting with happiness, how would you react?
What if You are brokenhearted, or joyful, or lonely, or just bursting with happiness?
How do You take care of You?
Part of my own nurturing is to step away from the computer as much as possible on weekends. There will be a movie or two to watch, time with my hubby, a bit of photography, and some much needed face to face time with a dear friend over a cup of coffee.
I hope you will have a weekend filled with love and peace, and time for yourself.
See you back here on Monday!