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Summer: A time for gratitude

butterfly on pink flowers

With summer quickly approaching we see the beginning of new life popping up everywhere. Nature is a reminder that life constantly renews and what we thought was gone forever eventually becomes reborn. Beauty is always under the surface; even if we can’t see it with our eyes we can feel it with our soul. Nature has the ability to renew body, mind, and spirit.

Feeling gratitude for the beauty of nature allows me to focus on the moment and helps to center me.

I live across the street from a 3-acre park. In the summer the fragrance of flowers and the colors of nature fill my soul with the potential for growth and rebirth. The trees renew and become lush and full and I breathe in the sweet smell of summer as I walk through the park.

The beauty of nature helps to clear my mind of the confusion that has plagued me the last few years. Questions about who I am in this world have taken center stage and have grown more urgent with each passing year. This is an issue I grapple with every day. Many people my age are conflicted about who they think they should be and who they believe they are meant to be. I’m sure people of all ages face this at some point in their lives but it seems to be more prevalent as we get older and life’s experiences let us down time and time again.

The beautiful transformation of butterflies reminds us that it’s never too late to transform ourselves, and the amazing smells and colors of nature in the summer are proof that all things change and renew in their own way and in their own time.

So if you’re wondering who you are meant to be take a long, quiet walk through nature — breathe in the air, appreciate the beauty, and understand that we’re as much a part of this magical Universe as the grass, the trees, the flowers, and the ever-evolving butterflies that fill the summer sky. At some point during these quiet moments clarity will come to you.

As to my dilemma, I have faith that the answer will become as obvious as the sweet smell of honeysuckle that permeated the air during my walk through nature this morning.

And that’s what I’m grateful for today.

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2 Comments

  1. Jean Callaway starkey

    June 6, 2022 at 2:56 am

    Beautiful article! Your wording is so picturesque. I can almost smell the flowers, feel the warm breeze on my face, and the warmth of the sun.

    1. My Boho Secret

      June 6, 2022 at 3:30 am

      Thank you Jean. This is a magical time of the year!

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