Sometimes the Beauty of Nature will set you free.
You may ask why a sea turtle named Ruby inspired me to write this week? I sat awhile, soaking in the delightful euphoric feeling, watching her swim through her tank. Yes as a lover of nature I would prefer to see her out in the aqua blue see, but the chances of appreciating her presence would be a very small opportunity for anyone other than a deep-sea diver.
Today we went to the Aquarium for our son’s birthday. To say this was adventurous would be an understatement for a family which usually stays away from any popular venues in the holidays. The crowds and noise, a challenge for our sons extra sensitivity to noise. Nine jubilant children, all running in different directions. They rushed through the venue as if on roller blades or riding skate boards, the flurry of hypo-activity infectious as their excitement fed and grew at each window.
Ruby was very popular, the children watched and smiled leaving their hands on the glass as she glided by with ease, they followed her for a while but lost interest as children do and moved swiftly to the next tank. My husband, mother, two other friends and I stayed, captivated by her shear elegance. I guess we could appreciate the dream like quality of Ruby floating there, a tranquil entity in perpetual motion.
I wondered did Ruby realise how mesmerised her audience became whilst watching this underwater display. My friend returned to her tank several times, as did I to appreciate her performance. I noticed every parent stopped, took a breath and savoured the peaceful moment.
The children took a little longer to appreciate the aquarium, as the excitement mellowed I could see the serene surroundings taking hold. My daughter sat with her grandmother at the oversized tank, in awe of the giant blue groper, he kissed the glass when she came near. My son returned to Ruby, he said she waved at him, his own personal connection.
As I sat there enjoying the moments my thoughts or lack of them, interrupted.
“Mum can we get drive through now and go to the park for my birthday cake?”
“Yes.” I said. Cheers spread through the room as the children marched out the door in search of other adventures. I smiled knowing this was a very special day for my family and friends, a memory for my kids of laughter and joy. One I would hold close when things did not go as well as this day had.
Recently I wrote about meditation, I think even five minutes spent with Ruby filled my awareness with a blessing of gratitude and left me with a new place to explore when I need peace. When things get a little tense I can visit Ruby, down to the depths of the deep blue sea and stay awhile in her wonderful under water world. I realised how much of a visual person I am. Before visiting Ruby I was unsure of what I would write about this week.
What captivated you, took your breath away and gave you a boost of gratitude for nature or inspired you to write about it? It happens to me every time I go outside, there is always a new miracle waiting to capture my imaginings, please share your experiences with me.