Nature has patterns everywhere. Patterns in the sand, patterns in pebbles and moss, in rocks and sea creatures lulling about on the shore. I love exploring a shoreline and discovering all the marine creatures that sometimes make themselves visible. It makes me feel like I’m part of a bigger world.
In many ways the patterns and details we see in nature is a reflection of us and our moods.
Look at this harmless but elaborately patterned fella. I’m not sure what his mood is but when we stopped to check him out he didn’t seem too happy. I remember my daughter tried to coax him off the road and he turned and spat at her.
Do you have days like that – when you’re grumpy and frustrated and exhausted for no logical reason. Like you just want to lie down and be left alone? Maybe that’s how he felt.
Or you just want to go for a walk and be alone with your thoughts. Like the day I walked through these bleak patterned woods. They actually lead to a gorgeous view.
These might be simple weeds but if we look at them in a different light we could picture them as a decoration of the side path.
Then there are those surprises in life. When we find an incredible place where we appear to blend in with the patterns around us. Coping, adapting, adjusting to the elements and whatever life throws at us. Feeling at one with nature.
But sometimes we try and control something that has a will of its own. And try as we may, like my son building a stone dam wall in this slow moving creek where detail and patterns shimmer on the water, the rapids will eventually move the rocks.
But still we go with the flow in life. Knowing that we can weather whatever is put in our path. Like these rocks at Port Lincoln, rough on our feet but what a view.
Our moods can be as changeable as the patterns in the soft sand which ebbs and flows as the tides change.
That’s what life does to us. Different days call for different actions and perspectives on what we encounter. And it’s always up to us how we react.
No one likes to be stuck in the dark like these mushrooms,with their intricate patterns and details on the forest floor.
Even when the world is dark we can remain positive and optimistic.
In fact that’s when we most need to look up and have hope. We need to savor those golden patterns in a sunset sky, embrace a sunrise and and relish being alive.
Here are my seven patterns for seven days:
- Wake up and be grateful for at least three things each morning.
- Break out of a predictable pattern of behavior and take some risks.
- Exercise, go for a walk, get yourself moving. Just go for it.
- Write down some goals, a daily ‘To do’ list always seems a good start.
- Lighten up – laugh at yourself when things go wrong.
- Do something for someone else – and make them smile.
- Relax, take deep breaths and live in the moment.
Let’s live every day as though it’s our last and enjoy the journey.
Stay safe, be at peace, step outside and look out for those patterns and details in nature. You just never know where you’ll see them.