The backyard is a 45 degree angle or more of honeysuckle overgrowth. It is on the to do list and we go out and clear as much as we can as often as we can yet there is still the majority of half an acre to be cleared. I honestly wish we could win a backyard makeover. But because I have built it in my mind to be one more thing on the to do list, I rarely pay attention to its beauty in its present state. I focus my attention on the front or the fish pond or other beauty instead. Last night, however, as I was playing with the dogs I started truly paying attention to what was back there as I mentally formed how I wanted it in my head. I was grateful to see the sections we cleared are not regrowing. I was grateful to have that area that is cleared for the dogs to play. And I was grateful to see them bounding around after squirrels and the chuck-it. That is when my eye caught something amazing. At the edge of where we have cleared there is a patch of Naked Ladies, pop up lilies, flowers that have no plant base to alert you they are there before they bloom. They are the best surprise. Now when I look out in the backyard it is all I see. A straight path to beautiful flowers. I'm grateful to notice this detail yesterday. I'm grateful to refocus on the beauty of the yard and not the to do list. I'm grateful to begin paying more attention to detail today and notice other small flowers popping up around the backyard as well. There is beauty all around us if we are willing to take the time to see it. Usually this is a strength of mine; always seeing beauty in nature that could be overlooked. It was a beautiful lesson to find it in my own backyard. A beautiful surprise. What beauty is whiting in your life to be noticed? What beauty is hiding within your list of to dos or stress. How can you pause to pay attention to the details and find the beauty in the situation? I'm so grateful for surprises. I'm grateful for this gift of flowers. I'm grateful for such a special present that the yard and mother nature gifted me. I'm grateful that in all their playing the dogs steered clear of the flowers. And I'm grateful to see all the beauty in the backyard that had been there just waiting to be seen. May your day be filled with beautiful surprises. May the details in your life show you hidden beauty today. Have a beautiful day!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.