I remember this excellent advice from elementary school, so it seems appropriate for September. I’ve mostly mastered street crossing these days, but it’s actually not bad advice for life. I had a chance to do all three the other day at the Butterfly House at The Gardens on Spring Creek. Maybe I can tempt you to check it out yourself, if you’re local. Either way, take a deep breath and imagine yourself here soaking in a bit of butterfly peace and beauty—
Plus a bit of hurricane-free tropical foliage—
Remember my misadventures in the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory? This was nothing like that. I was super calm the whole time. Well, at least until I got back outside and encountered a guy bellowing into his cell phone loud enough that I could hear him from fifty yards away, but eventually he wandered off.
Mostly, it felt like a reward for finally obeying a persistent God-nudge to let someone else benefit from David’s clothing, especially coats, as we head into fall and winter. Not easy, even after nearly five years–and I’ll admit a few favorites still hang in the closet–but it felt right.
Somehow I imagined the actual moment of relinquishing to be a bigger deal, but it took no time at all. I said nothing about David–hard to believe, I know–and the guy simply put everything into a bin and rolled it away. So there I was a few blocks from The Gardens on Spring Creek with time on my hands before my poetry class. I’d always meant to check it out, but somehow hadn’t. I didn’t even know the butterflies were there. What a treat.
I hope you remember to stop sometimes to listen for the still small voice of God, and I hope you respond to his nudges more readily than I do. Maybe you’ll be rewarded with butterflies. Can’t we all use a bit of gentle beauty about now?
Here’s one more treat to make you smile, little man Brooks discovering the joys of playing music . . .
One final note: If you are thinking of those affected by Hurricane Ian, as I am, here are a few links so you can help: American Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse.
4 thoughts on “Stop, Look, Listen”
Hi Sunny!! I love love love the video!!! What an adorable little guy!! Also amazing photos of the butterflies!! Big hug, Diane
Thanks, Diane! I’m enjoying hanging out with him!
Your pictures of Spring Garden were beautiful, the bright colors in the butterflies and flowers made me want to visit there too! But your video of the new musician stole the show! Laurie
I had a feeling he would. Haha. Couldn’t resist sharing that little burst of joy and discovery. I especially love the big finish. Thanks so much for being one of my faithful commenters! It makes me feel less like I’m writing into the void.