Living in the Moment

Songs of the Morning

Living in the present moment…….

What we lose when we focus on the past or the future is the reality of now, this moment—the only time we truly have. And we are very lucky to have it.

 Early morning with my first cup of coffee, the lush green of the trees over my head, and the beautiful music from the songbirds is a glorious way to begin the day.

 All around me the woods are waking up. The sound around me does not include the annoying city noises, cars or human interruptions. All I hear is the whir of the wings from the ruby-throated humming birds with their iridescent greens and showy red neck as they visit the feeders getting their first drink of the morning.

 The black and white Carolina chickadees are busy flying in and out of the red gourd that has been crafted into a bird house preparing a nest for their new babies, while they keep a watchful eye on my dog as he curiously monitors their activity and sends out a  chica-dee-dee-dee warning.

 All of a sudden my reading is interrupted by a tap, tap, tapping from the downy woodpeckers in their search for breakfast, their red heads bobbing as their tails brace them like a tripod as it clings to the tree contentedly filling their bellies with bugs. Or could it be the yellow-bellied sapsucker. He is way up in the tree making it hard for me to determine which one it is.

 The trees are alive with movement as birds flit from tree to tree, branch to branch sweetly calling out to their friends in search for a spot to nest or food to feed their young.

 The mist filtering down through the trees is like a cloak protecting its creatures from harm while the sun is attempting its announcement as the morning progresses to day.

 The robins with their rusty breasts are busy staking out their territory with heads cocked to one side looking for that juicy worm to feed their young that are waiting and crying back at the nest.

 I sit quietly, patiently, not stirring while I wait for the goldfinch, a perky yellow bird with a black patch on its forehead, and the red-breasted grosbeak, my favorite, to visit my thistle feeders. Maybe it is too early in the season.

 The nuthatch is so amusing to watch as he climbs headfirst down the great maple occasionally grabbing a seed from the feeders, flying off to hack it open on the tree, before returning to the feeder for more.

 Just when I think this show is over and I need to go grab another cup of coffee I become amused by the blaring black eyes of the tufted titmouse as it checks out the feeders full of sunflower seeds, the food of choice for this slate gray bird. I love the tuft on his head which he wears like he is king of the feeders.

 What melodious music to wake up to, the song of the birds. I patiently wait each morning as spring turns to summer only to bring me new, beautifully colored, and migrating song birds.

 I will enjoy this moment, just as it is. I will live in this moment, just as it is.

 I patiently wait! Ah what a glorious morning with my coffee, nature, song of the birds, my dog-Eggo, and me. Living in the moment……..


The Gift of Friendship

“True friendship consists not in the multitude of freinds, but in their worth and value.” by Ben Jonson

     We all like to be the life of the party and we like to feel wanted, and the more people who seem to like us, the better.
Still, we recognize who our true friends are-and we don’t have so many of these. They are the friends who don’t wait to ask what they can do when we need help. They’re the friends who tell us the things we don’t want to hear, but need to hear anyway. They’re the friends who know us-both our good and bad moments-and love us as we are.

     Friends give us their friendship and all that goes with it: laughter, support, loyalty, trust, companionship, sympathy, new interests. When we give friendship, we get friendship in return. It truly is a gift we give ourselves. Opening ourselves to friendship takes time and commitment, and it involves some risk-but, oh, the possibilities!

I am truly blessed to have  so many true friends. This holiday season seek out that real friend and do something special for them.

Afraid, Lonely, or Unhappy-Connect With Nature

Ever feel grumpy or unhappy? Need a little inspiration or motivation? Get up from your chair and take a quick walk in nature. Look for signs of nature’s beauty as you walk. It will cheer you right up. A sunny day, a light breeze, a temperature perfect for sitting outside without a jacket-such days make us feel happy, at peace with the world, grateful.

Walking in the rain, making snow angels, or watching the wind whip the trees also can make us feel happy. Nature keeps us grounded in what’s real. Winter will balance summer, giving the land time to renew itself while wind sends seeds flying to give birth to new plants in other places.

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature” by Anne Frank

We enjoy our time alone but there is something wonderful about time spent with friends and family we love that can’t be matched by our time alone. We would all be much happier if we always kept those who make us happy close to us.

HUG A LOVED ONE TODAY, and realize how happy you are that this person is part of your life.

My Spirit Takes Flight-Be Unafraid

Top of Mount Katahdin

Top of Katahdin in Maine-End of Trail

 My spirit takes flight,
I am fearless and free
to express,
to explore,
to begin…
to be ME!

This is how I feel every time I go hiking in the great outdoors, along the Appalachian Trail. There is freedom to be found when you spend time in nature. Take a hike in the great outdoors. Dare to be alone for a few hours and become one with nature.
There are so many beautiful trails throughout the United States, not just my favorite trail, the Appalachian Trail.

“What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your destination.” by Zig Ziglar

The miracle of life…

“The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.”

To be born, to grow, to walk among the wonders of nature, to live a life of dignity, humor, and grace-this is the miracle of existence.
The complexity and possibility of our lives can fill us with awe. We should never take the miracle of life for granted.

This Thanksgiving I will remember how extraordinary even my ordinary life is and make each day a special day.


Seasons of our Dreams

“I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colors are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It know the limitations of life and it is content.” by Lin Y-tang

Still Living a Dream  shares  my adventures as I hiked through various seasons along the Appalachian Trail in an attempt to embrace my dreams. When I am in the woods my spirit takes flight and I am fearless and free to follow my dreams. Lose yourself in nature and find peace.

Appalachian Trail in the Whites

View from Lake of the Clouds

Enjoy more pictures of the beauty found along the Appalachian Trail as it meandors through fourteen states on its way from Georgia to Maine.