Mystery of the Earth

Up above
the moon mystifies
so far away, yet reminding us
that under the one sky
we’re all connected.

The pink moon this month had me spell bound. How could the smallest moon of the year appear so large, even amidst the clouds and from the inside of a moving car.

Down below
the sprouting bud
and simplest flower
bursts out in color
and proves there’s resilience in nature. 

My garden is rejuvenating and I marvel that, after Lamby devoured everything not long ago, there’s so much life underneath the earth.

We’re all like that, untapped potential ready to thrive.

Clinging to nature
the changing fickle seasons
captivate
ablaze with vibrant leaves
before falling to the ground,
becoming one with the earth
.

It’s Autumn now and the vibrant colors signal a change as the warmth is dissipating to slowly make way for winter. The cold air is seeping in.


I feel like a bear with a bad toothache. The days are getting shorter, I’m sleeping worse than ever and waking heavy headed. 

At times the stresses seem as unending as this vast landscape at Mungo.

However I keep reminding myself that, in order to grow, we have to push ourselves through tough and often challenging times.

It’s only then we can appreciate the warmth again. And then us grouchy bears can roar again.

No one knows
what lies around the corner
down a detoured road
beyond the mountain
and over the dunes
but I like to believe it’s something special.


In front of us
a new day wakes and beckons
with possibilities
we have yet to embrace
and we hope
in the mystery of a new day.

Kookaburra

Can you spot the kookaburra perched up in the tree, so steady and sure of himself.

Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing to guide us but our faith and perseverance. And resilience, never forget, we’re all braver than we believe and stronger than we think.

Amidst all the uncertainty and challenges we need to face, we always have a choice.

We can choose to be grateful for a new day and embrace the unknown. 

We can choose to trust that no matter what obstacles we face and mysteries darken our days light always follows a storm.

We can choose to focus on the positives and the big picture.

Life is a gift

Life is a mystery we don’t often understand but it’s also full of wonder and magic. Let’s keep our eyes open to it.

May we always strive to see beauty in the miracle of life, on this Earth that is our home. 

Sharing for Franks’s Tuesday Challenge: Mystery
and also WPC: Earth


141 thoughts on “Mystery of the Earth

  1. Beautiful post, Miriam…sweeping in the description and photos wondrous beauty around you as you head into autumn and inspiring in its message. It’s hard to always remain positive, particularly so with tired days following disturbed nights and the everyday becomes too much. Your words lift me this far too early morning, strengthen my resolve to face the day with joy and expectation. ‘We’re all like that, untapped potential ready to thrive.’ I often tell my son that’s he’s stronger than he thinks, it’s good to read to be reminded here again. So, this grouchy bear says thank you for your timely life-affirming post. Wishing you a magical mysterious day! πŸ˜€β€οΈ

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  2. This is beautiful. I mowed around a “weed” – clover -in my yard Friday because its yellow flowers were beautiful.
    When I am on a road trip I buzz with excitement; the little boy in me still expects to see cowboys and Indians over the next hill.
    I’m a morning person. I rise at 0330 to make work by 0430. I wake cheery and whistling. I enjoy the peace and quiet of the first hour alone in the office. I smile a lot and strive to be cheerful for my co-workers.
    Life is great when you see weeds as flowers.

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    1. You sound like a fun person to travel with Will. I always buzz with excitement on a road trip too. I never feel more free and alive than when I’m on the road discovering new places.
      I love your attitude and totally agree with you, life is indeed great when we see weeds as flowers. Keep smiling. πŸ™‚

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  3. If ever I feel low, this is one blog that never fails to lift my spirits up. Thank you so much for that, Miriam ❀️❀️ I love your words and the photographs.

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  4. A beautiful and hopeful message. Thanks for sharing this today. It gave me a great reminder this morning when I needed it. Sipping coffee in Central Illinois as the sun rises, the birds sing, and we head further into Spring. Here’s wishing you a lovely day.

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  5. As always, I love the way you intermingle your words and photos to convey such a heart-felt message! And I especially liked the part about your garden coming back to life after Lamby chewed it down. It reminds me that no matter how bad things seem, there is always that potential for new life, regrowth and joy in our lives. Sometimes it just lays dormant for a while….and when it does, we all feel like a grouchy bear!
    Just allow yourself to feel a bit down if you need to, Miriam, because it will not last too long. Better times are coming! Until then, you will be in my thoughts….

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  6. Wow those pictures of the trees are sensational, especially the yellow one. I could not find the kookaburra at first but then I spotted him. When I was watching the birds Sunday I was thinking, how glorious it would be to be perched way up high, what a view. Or to soar so freely and swoop up and down and all around, how freeing that must feel. Birds are so lucky!! How’s your tooth doing now Mims? When do you have to go back again? Is the pain more manageable? That sunrise is gorgeous too, nature and outdoors are such a pick me up…it’s difficult not to be eased when allowing yourself to enjoy them. I hope your day is filled with sunshine my lovely lady and I hope your stresses release soon. You said it yourself get through the tough times because on the other side “I like to believe it’s something special”. We don’t understand right now why we are going through such a challenging time but focus on the something special, not the challenge and soon you’ll find yourself there. Warm hugs and much love…xo

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    1. Thank you Deb, I know you’re right about focusing on the something special, though it can be particularly challenging at times. Life’s so full of ups and downs isn’t it, and the really testing times are when everything seems hopeless and we have to pull ourselves out of it. Your words always help, even thinking of those birds soaring lifts me up.
      My tooth is excruciating which isn’t helping my mood and unfortunately the pain killers aren’t much help. Hoping the antibiotics kick in soon to ward off this infection. I don’t go back for another fortnight, though if things get really bad I’ll be back on the phone. Just have to ride out the pain for now. It ebbs and flows like a tide. Mmm, now that’s a nice thought. Maybe I can just imagine I’m by the ocean.
      Hope your week’s started off well Deb. Today is a public holiday here (ANZAC day in commemoration of all those who served and died in our wars) so we’ve all been home (minus our daughter). Anyway, big hugs and much love to you my sweet friend. xo

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      1. I know exactly what you mean. In listening to Abraham in order to manifest what you want you need to feel it’s essence to attract it. For example staying home to me the essence is freedom, being able to spend the day the way I choose, and that makes me happy. But as I get ready for work each day and leave my happy home it’s hard to maintain that emotion, yet if I don’t it will take longer to happen. I won’t attract it as fast. It’s a challenge for sure. I wish us both ease as we face and conquer our challenges. With that throbbing tooth of yours it definitely makes everything more difficult to deal with. I too hope the antibiotic kicks in soon. Well rest tonight, I’m glad you had the holiday and here’s to a much better tomorrow. I love that thought of the ocean, BE the ocean. Time for me to feel free and Happy. Warm hugs my weary friend xo 😚

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        1. Mm, you’re right Deb, we do need to feel the essence to manifest what we want but it’s a challenge to hold onto that feeling at times. Still, it’s worth persevering, we’ll get there won’t we? Thank you for your kind wishes. As I wind down for the night I wish you a happy day ahead. Keep those peaceful thoughts of freedom at home firmly in your mind. Warm comforting hugs back my friend xo

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        2. It is such a challenge. But then is that because we are allowing it to be a challenge? I try to just chill when I find myself trying so hard to be happy & joyful with where I am. Even writing that sounds discouraging. But I do find that if I don’t try so hard sometimes it actually makes it easier to be happy. I really need to sit down and figure this out…what to do so that I don’t wake up every day wishing it were Saturday. Boy we’re quite a pair aren’t we? I hope by now your tooth pain has eased, has it? It should be lunchtime for you, I hope your day is pleasing you. And that we both find the answers soon. They say it’s hard not to feel happy if you smile, it’s so true. So even with a painful tooth, try to keep that pretty smile on all day and see how happy you feel. Caring hugs to you my lovely lady xo

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        3. Aww, how can a comment like this not make me smile Deb? Yep, we’re a fine pair we are. I’m home from work now after another hard day but grateful to be here and also that, with the antibiotics kicking in, my toothache seems to have lessened tonight. You’re most probably sleeping as I write this. Well, I hope you wake in a happy mood and refreshed and ready to tackle another Hump day. Big hugs to you xo

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        4. Oh that such good news regarding your tooth, I’m so glad you’re getting some relief. It’s actually a rainy day here today, but that’s ok it’s good for the flowers, trees and grass. I’ve been watching the trees in my backyard fill will buds and blossoms and slowly but surely start to fill with leaves again. It so wonderful to watch and appreciate the process. Just like we are growing buds that are going to bloom beautifully at just the right time for us. All we have to do is believe and watch. Wishing you a restful evening. Sweet dreams, much love and big hugs xo

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        5. What a beautiful comment Deb. I love that description you painted, of buds and blossoms, blooming at just the right time. Believe and watch … yes, that’s us, hand in hand and despite the opposite seasons of warmth and cold. Have a lovely day Deb. Big hugs xo

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        6. Ok you just brought tears to my eyes!! Hand in hand, I love that…heart in heart too!! You are sleeping sweetly now and I wish you to wake up to a beautiful autumn day, bursting with color, ideas, love and inspiration…all things you give to me! Big Autumn Hugs to you and Spring love… xo πŸ™‚

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        7. Aw Deb, you’re gorgeous, thank you for your beautiful wishes. Yes I’ve woken but it’s to rain and cold but never mind, your beautiful words have warmed me up. Hope your day is going well. Speak soon. Hugs xo

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        8. My day is fabulous now…I’m going to bottle this feeling and carry it with me so that when I’m at work I shall drink it and feel fabulous again! Thank you for your sweet words, they always make me smile and feel good. Hope your day flies by and that you’re back home before you know it! How is the job going, aren’t we at the 30 day mark? Is it evaluation time? I was just noticing on my Stats Top Searches and it lists “flexible women, hot & flashy, 2017, hot du jour” hmmm no wonder I’m getting so many spam messages regarding sex & porn. HA! Just had to interject that, I cracked up laughing when I read flexible women. Do you know where that Top Searches comes from…is that from all over WordPress? Anyways I digress…Hot & Flashy Hugs to you!! LOL xoxo My wicked side is seeping out… πŸ˜‰

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        9. Oh Deb, I’ve read all your comments at different times, what a crazy mixed up day I’ve had. Yet I can always count on you to cheer me up and put a smile on my face. Haha, flexible women, now that paints a picture and a half doesn’t it. Don’t know about the Top Searches and where it comes from, yeah maybe from all over WP. What kinky sites have you been on Deb, lol. Don’t worry, I get the occasional odd one on mine too, spices things up hey? 😏 Hot and flashy hugs back my wickedly saucy friend. xo

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        10. Hey whatever brings them to my site right? Guess I’ll have to start using them in my tags…create more traffic! hehe You always cheer me up, thank you for that!! It’s TGIF for you my friend. Hope you have a sensational Friday and tell Miss Poopy Pants to get a personality. Be outrageously happy today, annoy the hell out of her…HA! Ohhh that’s my wicked saucy side coming out. I’ll be thinking of you tonight…knock em dead today. Big hot & flashy hugs to you my just as wickedly saucy friend!!! xoxo

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        11. Yes TGIF. I’m leaving for work in about 20 minutes. She’s not in today but I expect it will be busy, which is fine by me, as it’ll make the weekend come quicker. You enjoy your night Deb my wicked saucy friend. Let’s end the week with a bang shall we? Hugs and love and kisses to you lovely. xo 😊

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        12. Well that’s even better, you have the whole place to yourself to do things the way you feel is right! You can do it and then some. Thanks I’ll enjoy my night as you enjoy your day and YES let’s end this with a bang!! Hugs and love and kisses to you too my dearest!! xoxo πŸ™‚

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        13. I do have the place to myself and here I am writing to you, how naughty am I? πŸ™‚ You must be winding down for the night right now while I’m hanging out for home time here. Cheers to a great weekend ahead for both of us Deb. Big hugs xo

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        14. You naughty naughty girl, I’m so proud of You! You have made it to Friday night, my turn. Yes cheers to us both and the weekend!! Weekend hugs and kisses xo 😚

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  7. Hello lovely Miriam,
    Such a gentle, flowing piece from you, always revealing your heartfelt messages and thoughts as we progress through.
    Sharing one moon, resilience, mystery and finding the positives… it’s a vitamin pill in words and images my friend….
    thank you so much πŸ’œπŸ’

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    1. Hi Di, A vitamin pill in words and images, that’s awesome … (and what I need right now) thank you for such a kind thoughtful comment, I always love hearing from you. Take care and hope you’ve enjoyed a peaceful ANZAC day. πŸ’• Big hugs xo

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      1. That’s such a lovely reply, my dear friend. Thank you so much. Oh I’m so happy if those words gave you a little something you needed to hear. I know what you mean…. sometimes a few simple words can mean so much.
        I’m always very grateful to see your name pop up in all our platforms too.
        Have had a good day with a very early start. Hope you have too. Hugs and best wishes to you πŸ’πŸ’œ

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  8. So beautiful Miriam. As always, your words and photography capture me in ways that speak to my heart and soul with such resonance. Just what I needed to read before heading out into the cold! Brrr ❄️ xx

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  9. So sorry to hear you have toothache. It sounds like an abscess – something I have had too and the pain is pretty unrelenting. I hope the antibiotics kick in for you soon. How is Lamby doing? I am glad your garden is regenerating.
    Gratitude is so useful for getting through the tough times. Sending you a big hug.xx

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    1. Aw, thank you so much Brigid. Yes, my tooth work is going to be major unfortunately, a root canal needed over the course of the next few months.
      Lamby’s going well and living the life of a princess on a lush hobby farm where she’s the ‘favourite’. Big hugs back xo

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  10. Beautiful Miriam. So how are you transitioning to the new job? Are you enjoying it? I hope so. Lovely to see the fall colors as our leaves turn a vibrant green. How cold does it get in Winter? I would imagine your winters are pretty mild. I always get a bit sad when fall comes because winter is so long here.

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    1. Thanks Nicole, the job’s a huge learning curve no doubt about that. And boy it’s getting cold here real quick, though by your standards it’s probably still mild, though we had snow in the mountains just a couple of hours from here today. Daytime temp probably got to 9C today.

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  11. This is so gorgeous . I love the addition of poetry, Miriam. You are such a gift. I am sending you much love and Light as you are in this time in your life. Know that love always enfolds you my Beloved friend!!! ❀ Keep smilin, keep shining (knowing you can always count on me…. music notes πŸ™‚ ) Blessings — I love you, Debbie
    ps – great flowers! Amazing how resilient that flowers (and we) are.

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    1. Oh Debbie, you always put a smile on my face. I could just hear the song in my head as you wrote this gorgeous comment 🎧🎀 thank you my lovely friend. Sending you lots of love and hugs back. πŸ’•

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  12. Thinking of you Miriam, and hoping by now you are starting to feel a bit better. Your post is beautiful with your lovley words and photos matching so well together. I hope the stresses are kept to a minimum for you as you deserve only the best. Keep smiling xx πŸ™‚

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  13. A wonderful post Miriam.. I love the relationship between our lives and the renewal of nature… the circle of life continues regardless of what we do as individuals as we continue to push the boulders that we encounter to one side.. beautiful! x

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  14. Another lovely post Miriam. Sometimes, I feel like I am that bear you’re talking about and I agree with you, we need to push ourselves and not get stuck…somehow, the sunshine is always there after the rain.
    Those are very lovely flowers in your garden. I love them! 😊

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        1. Yes, the pictures are sooo colorful! I very much love your trees…our trees in my country are either green, light green, or dark green! Hehehe! πŸ˜„

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