I tried to take a photo of the stars this morning and failed. Big time. I’d snip in the evidence, but you’d only see a large black square. 😉 Well, if you squinted and zoomed in, you might’ve seen the specks…err…stars that I tried to capture.
I admit it – I’m a lousy photographer. Thank goodness for Pexel photos. The image you see is one I scooped up from that wonderful resource. It does justice to my morning view, I think. It’s certainly better than my effort.
But what’s the point? I have stinky picture-taking skills? Well, yes, but the ORIGINAL point of the post was something else. Bear with me.
Our sweet senior pup Sadie’s struggling. Last week she took a tumble (read about it here, if you like) and although she’s mostly a-okay, she’s feeling her age and can’t quite make it all night without a potty break.
Most of the time, I’ve got the patience for this – the 4 or 5am nudges from under the covers that convey “This is not a drill, mom, I gotta go”. So, we go. But this morning, my allergies were a challenge and my head hurt. I didn’t want to get out of bed.
As we shuffled to the backyard, the most spectacular, sparkly sky greeted us. My posture with Sadie is typically ‘head down’ as I try to avoid stepping on her and/or tripping over her leash but this morning, the pageantry from above commanded my attention.
Despite my tired and grumpy state…the brilliant sky greeted me….so beautiful that it prompted tears. Why? I felt a rush of a magical memory. My father died many years ago and after his funeral service, I took a nap and woke up with this poem in my head, hastily writing it down on a scrap of paper. It’s still with me, decades later. Like an earworm musical track, you can’t get rid of, tucked into my head and heart:
You’ll see me in the starry sky
In the treetops gentle breeze
With every cloud that ambles by
Know that I’m at ease
I’m near…just look UP
There are days when I need the reminder to lift my head and heart UP – always UP – lest I miss a glimpse of gratitude. Sadie’s early morning nudge became an unexpected gift. She’ll get some extra snuggles today – just because.
About the guest author:
Victoria is from the U.S. and holds a doctorate in adult education and is an experienced leadership and life coach, enjoying opportunities to blog about what matters most ― home, family and wellness.
Her beautiful blog is called, Victoria Ponders.