It amazes me how the most simple moments can bring such a feeling of peace. I finished dressing and went downstairs to prepare a salad for an afternoon barbecue. While the macaroni cooked and the eggs boiled, I diced an onion, brought chives, parsley and dill in from the garden and snipped them, and chopped the cooked shrimp. My IPod was playing the country music I love so much, as I mixed everything together in a large bowl with mayonnaise. I prepared a marinade for the steak and placed that into the fridge. With a sense of relief -- a job well done -- I headed out to the garden to water the vegetable plants, feed the birds, and enjoy the serenity of my shady yard.
As I walked out the door, my eyes were drawn to my newly blooming rosebushes along the fence. Roses are favorites of mine, and the sight of these pink buds and blossoms, with their deep rose scent seemed like a reward for enduring the oppressive heat and humidity of the past week. June always brings roses and peonies -- is it any wonder June has been immortalized by poets? The birds were gathered at the feeder, hungrily devouring the few remaining seeds, as I headed out with their food. On the way back from the feeder I stopped at my little pond to see if any frogs have taken up residence this year.
This pond is a peaceful little oasis of trickling water and graceful ferns. This year in particular, the ferns are lush and full, providing a perfect blend of water and shelter for the birds, chipmunks and squirrels that drink from it each day. How I love to sit near it and listen to the peaceful water and watch the chipmunks scamper in and out of the ferns.
I finished my work outside -- watering plants and filling my bird baths with fresh water. Then I went back inside for a short rest before barbecue time. A sense of peace lingered in my heart -- there is so much beauty surrounding us each day of our lives. Sometimes this beauty is so quiet it gets lost in our tumultuous world -- we must search it out and savor it, because these little moments of beauty can be summoned again and again to bring us a measure of peace on our busiest and most stressful days. A peaceful spirit is truly a gift --