We’re all busy. We all have a hundred little things that happen during the course of the day that demand our attention, or that drag us down and burden us with worry. If you’re like me, you deal with whatever it is the best you can, then move on from one issue to the other, keeping your head down, working it through. Often, however, in the midst of life’s routine, some very special things happen and because we are so mired in just ‘keepin’ on keepin’ on’, we sometimes miss those perfect moments. I was lucky enough the other day to cash in big time.
Last Saturday, the sun was shining, the breeze was sweet and warm and I decided I’d take my AAs (author alteration sheets for Killing Time) out on the deck, hang up the hammock and work outside. Just as well take advantage of the great weather, right? I hadn’t spend more than an hour in that hammock all summer and it was calling to me.
As it happens, we have a humming bird feeder hanging from the same post that I attach the foot end of my hammock to. It was mid day and the hummers are usually busiest early morning and at sunset so I didn’t think I’d see much action.
Here’s a shot, BTW, that I snapped at sunrise a few mornings ago at another one of our feeders.
Anyway, back to the hammock. I got settled in, got to work and the next thing I knew: Hummmmmmmm. The little stinkers were flying all around me. My placid oasis had turned into O’Hare. In a good way :)) So, I decided to stop working and watch them for a while and enjoy the miracle that they are.
And as I lay there, watching and listening it suddenly hit me. THIS IS A PERFECT MOMENT. Warm sun. Sweet, fresh breeze. Crystal clear blue sky. Gorgeous summer flowers blooming everywhere I look … and these amazing little creatures humming around my head and feet.
For several long, delicious moments I simply enjoyed it in blissful peace – thinking about how lovely it all was and how fortunate I was to be in the middle of it.
Since I always have my camera within reach, however, I finally grabbed it and started taking shots.
Here you can see close I am to the hummers. Those are my toes (obviously LOL) and the feeder is about 3 feet away.
It wasn’t long before Buddy, the cat, decided he wanted some hammock action – and the hummers soon got his attention. He was content to lay on my lap and watch them for a while ….
But soon he was crawling up the hammock, inching closer and closer thinking about hummingbird for supper, no doubt.
In the end, he decided it was just too much trouble and jumped down to the deck where he alternately napped and watched them fly overhead.
These several moments will stay with me for a long time. On days when things are just so hectic I want to pull my hair out, or when the news on TV is so bad that it’s heartbreaking, I’m going to draw on the memory of my hammock and my cat and my sun warmed toes and those delicate little creatures humming away and I’m going to feel better. I feel so fortunate to have had that perfect moment and that I was self-aware enough to know that these are once in a life time moments and to file it away with my precious cache of other moments that I know I’ll never forget – like the first time I held my son in my arms, first time I held each of my grandchildren, that first book sale, the first piece of candy my candy man offered me <g> … and many, many more.
So – how about you? Any special moments you’ve experienced lately? No matter how small? Any moments you draw out from your memory well when you simply need to have a focal point that’s calming and zen and happy? I’d love to hear about it.