We have returned from our weekend visit to the farm. The magical map did indeed lead us to a place where time seems to stand still between the tick and tock of the clock. Farm life, however brief it may be, gives Handy Hubby and I time to dance together at a slower pace...It allows us to step away from the stampede of everyday life...And push away all those prickling worries...That keep one tightly wound...Slowly we unfurl... From the cares of the everyday world...Where we shed whatever has been eating at us... As we steep in the beauty of the countryside...Everyone needs their very own special spot...Where they can push away the blues in life...A place that allows one to stretch out...One that gives wings...To ripening thoughts...Blooming ideas...That begin with one single possibility...Growing into a whole new cluster of hope...It is in these illuminating moments... Between tick and tock, where time seems to stop, that I realize how incredibly blessed I am to have a little slice of Eden here on earth to retreat to... It slows me long enough to savor the truly incredible gift that every breath of life is. It pulls me back to what is really important, to what really matters most to me...Faith, Family, Friends, Fellowship with God, Man, and Nature. These are the things that nurture me and sustain me. The incredible, delicate, intricate beauty of all creation warms my soul.
All too soon our time away from time draws to a close...And we must return home again to all that we hold dear... Where the clock begins to tick and tock again. Where real life is lived and all those daily prickles don't seem to matter as much anymore...Time away from time is a gift in and of itself. We may not always have the luxury or the means to slip away from time and routine for a weekend or even an entire day but just one hour of doing something you love can nurture and refresh your soul, change your outlook or your attitude. I encourage each of you, dear readers, to take time away from time, to find your special place, whether it is a specific destination, or a simple walk in the woods, be it behind a camera lens, or with paint brush in hand, or hidden within the pages of a book, whatever makes you happy and rejuvenated, gift yourself a little reprieve, you are worth it!
I'd love to hear about your special place or activity or inactivity that brings you unspeakable joy.
Photos: Butterfly photos taken at Buffalo Point, Red Barn on a neighboring farm, Fruit and Flowers blooming at the farm, Moving cattle from one pasture to another at the farm, Young Buck in our yard at home