Saturday Paws–Taking a pause and noticing the small things

Sometimes a pause occurs without my PAWS– Mae-be and Ruffles.

“What the woof?”

“Really? Is there a world out there you haven’t told us about Mom?”

And this most recent Pause was not on a Saturday! How confusing!  Life can indeed surprise us in a snap–no news in that, and yet somehow the energy it takes to go from one day to another requires us to ‘float our disbelief’. It seems that for me lately, lessons in accepting changes have come at me in my daily life and workspaces– even more than usual. It’s been a very confusing time, but let’s just leave it at that for now. The facts, as I see them, are not such that I would want to share now. Maybe later !

But when I have the chance to quiet and look around, I find there are signs and symbols of how the Creative Intelligence–God–Holy Spirit– Mother Earth/Father Sky is ever-present and available in a loving embrace of my humanness.

Look carefully…

Recently my ‘Day Job’ required a change in office, and even more. As I was adjusting to these changes I noticed outside the small window  (yay a window!) a beautiful Hummingbird drinking from the small, yellow trumpets growing wildly about in the small closed off space just outside the window. The first day or two was full of confusion within the office room, but looking outside I saw the tiny bird just going about its business without any concern for me. That’s how I believe  Mother Nature should handle her world!

Then, probably about Day 3 of all the changes, now with my desk moved next to the window, I watched the hummingbird slow down– a pause if you will. And then she went to the cup-like brownish collection neatly attached to the end of a hanging branch.

The little bird had fluttered  all around the nest but until that moment I had not had the patience of mind to be aware of this small miracle happening just feet away. Patience is a word that I struggle with in its meaning– or so I have thought.

In this office is a lovely, huge, old green and ivory bound edition of “The NEW Webster Library of Universal Knowledge.”

Oh what a fun book for bibliophiles! (Yes, another thing that Debra and I share!)  So, I looked up patience, and was surprised to see this word has roots connecting to the Latin word for passion.  Really?  That could explain why I have trouble ever seeing myself as ‘patient’  because I am aware of  my heart beating stronger and faster as I inhale and mindfully exhale!  In times where I have waited for other interventions, or medicines to take effect, doctors, tooth fillings, decisions to be made by others – I felt my passionate interest and concerns regarding each!   How could this be so?

Hmmmm…I read on!  “The character or habit of mind that enables one to suffer afflictions, provocations, or other evil, with a calm, unruffled temper.” Well, I can certainly try to put my gameface on, and sometimes with practice it is more than a try to –it is a being there! Yay!

If you are a bibliophile,  you like me, read on to “patience is bearing pain or trial without murmuring.”  I thought of the old list of virtues mentioned somewhere in my history or reading of books like “Little Women” where women were noble for ‘suffering in silence‘.    When the Hummingbird quiets to do this noble work of nesting and now feeding the little ones I cannot see yet, is she suffering in silence? 

I do not believe so. The reason Hummingbirds have this name is because we can hear the noise they do make–their signature “HUM”! I hope you can see that to breathelighter often requires a different style of our usual breathing and one way to get there is by letting the breath flow out like a slow drone, a slight hum, a murmur of our own making from our human doing-ness to our human being-ness.

Thank you for reading and sharing with me how your pauses have been lately!

Blessings, Beth and Hummingbirds  (Yes– they mate for life and do this, patiently together!)

22 thoughts on “Saturday Paws–Taking a pause and noticing the small things

  1. Beth, I usually comment to Debra, but had to comment to you today. Not only did I breath lighter after reading this, but, you actually took my breath away. It is in those simple moments that I always find joy.

    We have hummingbirds here. They come to my fuschia plant, hanging by a window. They sip at the birdbath and zoom to and fro. I have never seen a hummingbird nest, though, and your picture and words remind me to look closer and to wait. Thank you.

    • Thank you, Penny! It is in those simple moments- that I find Life and , yes Joy! I had to smile when I saw after writing this that you were noticing the Robins! You gave me a lovely ‘word walk’- and respite. See you soon and thank you! Beth

  2. Patience and Passion? I would never have thought the two had anything in common or any history together. I love the drawing. And I would have liked to have seen that beautiful little bird taking a drink. xx

    • Hi Charlie! It is surprising isn’t it-patience & passion!? Thank you for the drawing ‘shout-out’! I told Debra “I just can’t do the Hummingbirds justice!” but I was so captivated by that small cup-like nest! Thanks for dropping by, :-) Beth PS: Could you send me some of your yummy comfort food? I could really use some now?

  3. Oh Beth, I never thought about this before today, that passion and patience go hand in hand. Thank you. Thank you.

    I love hummingbirds. Watching them is always a gift for me.

  4. Years back I used to take old books, classics 1900 or older, stack 4 or 5 and wrap with a strap. Then drill hole through them , insert a wire post and a base and get bulb holder and shade and electric cord and make great lamps.

  5. Books that light up our environments-hmmm Carl- I can imgine how that would look. I will say I hope that will not happen to this lovely Webster’s for a long, long time! :-0 An Art Therapy technique I’ve used is to take a textbook no longer current and cut-out shapes on a number of pages to become a private cache for the “inner meaning” of a client’s story. And then we paint and decopage the book with their colors and symbols. Thank you for stopping by! Beth

  6. I adore watching and listening to the hum of hummingbirds.. and the amazing way they suspend in mid-air.. hovering.. Thanks for this image today:) ps I am a bibliophile too! xo Smidge

    • It is a wonderful development -after working the last 6 years without a window or even a glass door nearby to offer a glimpse of the day! I do not believe it is healthy for us to be in windowless rooms, Sharyn!! Thank you for being with me-Beth

  7. I love when mother nature gives us a little nudge like that – it’s definitely important to notice the small things and take those pauses. :)

  8. I love the drawing!!! Another great piece (both written and drawn)! Let’s get some paper and pencils and head to the Huntington Gardens when I get back ~ I need some more inspiration and to notice the pauses!

  9. I love all the things you chose to notice… I find that I’m always nicely surprised when I take the time really pay attention to my surroundings. TY! :-)

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