Are You Aware

Are you aware? Summer is here and all around me I see signs of my favorite season. These are signs often drowned out by my driven, Type A nature.

On my front porch there are three little birds who have just emerged from their small blue shells. They now tip their tiny beaks open, awaiting food.

Last week I planted some wonderful little seeds in small pots and after a heavy rain noticed just yesterday they were bursting through the soil reaching for sun. In a few weeks, they’ll provide a harvest.

During a stroll with my husband at dusk I walked through pockets of cool air — a reprieve from the warmth radiating from the hard ground.

In years past, I would have missed these signs. The subtle and not-so-subtle things that show life is happening all around me. Rushing out the door, I wouldn’t have noticed the hatched eggs. I would have been too busy to check my freshly planted seeds for progress. I would have run right through the whispered changes in the air and sky and ground.

But, I’ve made a pact with myself to be more aware. To enjoy the little things that I have discovered bring me alive.

What are you aware of today?

Image via Milena Mallory



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  1. This is beautifully written. I find that sometimes I am too self-aware. However, this article made me stop and just re-focus. Today, I am aware of how beautiful Seattle is with people walking to and from coffee shops, the water front, even from inside the public library (which is a downtown treasure). I’m aware of discovering new nooks and crannies of this city I’ve called home for seven years.

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