Monday, March 7, 2016

A Gathering of Nature's Treasures and a Change of Perspective

 simple treasures

When I take my winter walks,
there is the remainder of the summer's living plants. 
The shells.

Standing strong against the wind, they
hold a plethora of offerings for the
birds as they seek to fill themselves
and create a little warmth from the cold.

And, they themselves, clothed in muted colors and 
lovely textures, are objects of beauty.
And here, gathered together,
they offer themselves as pieces of art.
What wonderful gifts we are given!
Bark that fell from a logging truck..
And my favorite.
The native side oats grass...
 A delightful banquet for the birds..
(I added a chrysanthemum bloom from my birthday bouquet :)

On this particular walk, I noticed that I was 
anxious and distracted.. 

Has that ever happened to you?

I was pre-occupied and over-thinking some circumstances
in my life and it was robbing me of being present in
the moment and clouding my vision of the 
everyday beauty around me.

I'm so thankful for gentle lessons in listening to my heart
and for the opportunity to gather some of these treasures
as a sort of memorial of that special time.

 Finding joy in simple pleasures makes the way 
for a peaceful and contented life.

Thank you so stopping by on this Monday.
Another week to enjoy wonderful people and 
the beauty of our everyday lives.

 May you be SHOWERED with life's
BLESSINGS and all manners of loveliness
throughout your week~ 

Tamara xo

linking up at

Little By Little Blog


Kezzie said...

I know that feeling of anxiety-been feeling it a lot recently. I am glad your walk helped you and what gorgeous treasures you did find!!!x

Roosterhead Designs said...

Loved your post Tamara~ & the art of natural beauty!
The (seeming) dead dry 'shells' reminded me of some notes by author/missionary Amy Carmichael.
She reveals the absolute necessity and specific functions of the leaves, petals, thorns, stems and seeds of the (again seemingly) dead vegetation. It is fascinating. Then she equates that spiritually~ : )
Thanks for your insightful and beautiful post friend~ Karen

Lucy Auburn said...

A walk appreciating the beauty all around definitely helps me to be in more of a grateful mode and more at peace. I find that beauty really elevates my soul. Especially beauty in the little things. Thanks for sharing your found beauty. ;o)

Roosterhead Designs said...

Hello again Tamara : )
Something has come to my attention, and I would not rest w/o telling you -
It was not Amy Carmichael whom I should have referred to in my earlier comment, but Lilias Trotter from her book "Parables of a Christ-life." I stand corrected! : ) have a blessed day~ Karen O

Tamara said...

thank you kezzie..
i'm sorry you've been feeling anxious.. i hope that you can get out soon and enjoy your lovely new garden~


Tamara said...

karen..there is such a peace and serenity in nature and so many lessons to be learned through it. and thank you. your correction is noted :) thank you for coming by.. many blessings to you!


DD's Cottage said...

Sometimes I have a hard time being present and not distracted too!

Stephanie said...

Sweet friend, what a beautiful and refreshing post. There is so much beauty in God's creation and often the small things are the loveliest...what a precious reminder.

I was thrilled to see you at Roses of Inspiration and I greatly appreciate the time you took to link up :) Enjoy the remainder of your week, dear Tamara. Hugs to you!

handmade by amalia said...

I like your way of seeing beauty in the small details.

Tamara said...

Thank you Amalia.. Don't you just love how the richness in the details? It's nice to meet you..