Hawks are solitary animals. I often see them perched alone on tree branches. What must that be like? No company or conversation or engagement with other hawks, except perhaps during mating season. Do they ever feel lonely?
As I watched this beautiful hawk commune with his habitat, I had a thought. Like the hawk, I, too, usually wander alone. But I never feel lonely in the natural world. There’s something about the elements and the trees and the animals…for myself, there’s a calming presence that’s palpable.
As I continued walking, I realized that whether I’m in a forest, or on a beach, or sitting by a river, I feel different than I do in the everyday world. Relaxed, content, with little worry about what will happen next in my life.
Perhaps that’s how the hawk feels, simply enjoying exactly where he is, doing exactly what he’s guided to do.
It’s that feeling of calm that draws me into nature over and over again…a feeling that all is right with the world. And I carry that feeling back into my everyday life.
I’m so very grateful…
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