What is missing from this picture?
and what is missing from this picture? It may be YOU.
An important part of lowering one’s stress level as a counselling strategy is to normalize one’s understanding of what they are experiencing in life, without negating the very real feelings that are being experienced. Another way of normalizing our lives without the help of a friend or counselor is to spend time each week alone with ourselves and God in His beautiful garden. Adam experienced this as the first man, and there is something in each of us that yearns to do this but we find alternate ways to compensate, which do not do it for us, but compound the stress and tension build up, which the busy Western lifestyle produces in each of us.
Last Friday I went out for my usual time alone with God, which is also a birding and nature experience. It was different from my usual ‘Time Out’ it was very quiet, no one on the track, just me alone with God, to share my heart as I walked along the track pictured above. At the beginning of my walk I saw a small flock of Little Black Cormorants resting on a branch overhanging the Hacking River in the Royal NP. As I stood watching my mind started wondering…
This is how it went for me as I watched and photographed these guys. When we take time out from being the someone we want others to see, and just be ourselves, we can often avoid what just occurred in the previous situation. To be normal is be humbly aware of what and who we are, and appreciate the impact our lives directly and indirectly have on others who engage with us each time we meet. Others may not see us the way we see ourselves, and these are our blind spots which taking time out can be helpful for us to assess. The Little Black Cormorant was unaware of his dirty beak, but more so his lack of social skills, focusing on himself rather than the one he is trying to impress.
Surprising as I aired my heart to God aloud, walking the trail, I had not walked before, I saw very few birds and no people. He just wanted me to connect, and share the stress of the things I was experiencing in my life at that time, and re energize in the knowledge of His love, strength and goodness toward me. This Great Cormorant was also alone and pondering life.
It took to flight as I approached. Many of us live out of fear, and take flight when they are confronted with life and death issues which they find too big to handle themselves. But as my saying says FEAR FREEZES us and prevents us moving forward and discovering our true destiny and achieving our goals in life. Courage to face life head on comes when we know that our life has a planned purpose and a hope that is certain and sure. Click on pics to enlarge
After leaving the park with very few photos, but a renewed sense of God’s presence in my life, I visited the ponds in my favorite Oatley Park some kilometers away. Here I saw the product of true love and relational commitment two people or birds have to one another. One parent Dusky Moorhen stands watch over the weaker baby not swimming with the other, while the other parent assists the other babies feeding on the water weed.
Not far away another small family were busy. The parents committed to each other and the care and protection of their children. The humble simplicity of life. If anything should be glorified on the media, it should be the importance of family life and doing life well, not all the murderous and evil suggestions that are being passed off as entertainment.
After some pondering I returned home, realising the importance of the book I had recently published “What Birds Teach Us”, and why it is blessing people’s lives. There is very little ‘entertainment’ today which builds into people’s lives, and actually helps them do life well. The feedback I have been receiving bares testimony to this fact. My soul was quietened with a humble solemnity, that I had contributed a legacy of something profoundly needed in our present day society. Many of our youth are stepping out into the world unprepared for making the important life choices that will ultimately shape their destiny and prepare them for their future.
Oh no, he is pushing the book again! Don’t you hate it?!
Fair enough, I will let this review I received this week from one of my fellow bloggers who recently purchased my book here online speak for itself. I am overwhelmed by the responses I am receiving from people of all ages locally and abroad, as to how this book has blessed their life…
“I recently received your book “What Birds Teach Us” and just wanted to thank you for creating such a wonderful book. The photographs are amazing and beautiful. It’s such a clever idea you had to highlight particular traits of each of the birds included and find parallels in our own lives. We can definitely all learn something from these marvellous creatures. This is certainly a book I will treasure and look forward to sharing with the grandkids when they come to visit. Thanks again.” – Sue
Have a great week, and recharge your physical, emotional and spiritual batteries by taking time to take time out.
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