We are so very blessed with the gifts of the earth every day. Gifts we take for granted that we have neither earned nor paid for, like the air we breathe, nurturing rain, rich soil, seeds to plant, trees that bear fruit, and vegetables to harvest. The gifts of the earth are endless; how can I not rejoice and be glad.
I am sitting in the corner of my office, my little sacred space inside my house where I write in the cold days of the winter months. I would rather be outside where I can hear the birds chirping, the bees buzzing about, breathing the fresh air smelling the various earth scents. It truly does awaken every sense in my body, and I feel connected to the earth and the same way I feel when I’m in tune with God.
So what do I do to appreciate what the earth still has to offer from the warmth of my sacred space inside my house? All I can see of the outside world is from my window. It is like a picture on the wall of a big evergreen tree with the crisp blue sky in the background. It all comes down to how I choose to see what is right in front of me. How easy it is to ignore and take for granted the gift it has to offer. It’s just one small part of the vastness of our earth, but it is there for me to receive. The evergreen is a beautiful piece of artwork, and the crisp blue sky reminds me how endless the gifts of the earth are.
When the earth has so much to offer me, I wonder how I can give back? I can have a consciousness for how I care for it; of course, that’s important for sure. But I wonder if the earth is very different from us when we give a gift we don’t give to get something in return, just seeing the pleasure in your face is enough gratitude for keeping the spirit of giving alive.
Reflection: Every day, in every way, I am grateful to be a part of this great big wonderful earth and all gifts it has to offer me.