- Married to Nick for 13 years, with 2 children; Sabrina - 12 and Dominic - 11. I am a girlfriend through and through in that I love girly things and anything that celebrates the essence of being a woman. I love vintage, shabby chic, the country and try my best to do my bit for the environment. SO yes...we have 3 bins in our house and try our best to recycle! I believe that with everything in life, the closer we stick to nature, the better off we'll be. I would love to have a balance in life, but have learnt that balance is not always possible, so strive for significance instead, in the hopes that that will be just as meaningful, and the rest will hopefully follow.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Butterflies need no excuse....to smell the roses.
I sometimes have those days and moments where I ask myself, "how did I let myself get talked into this???"...... . Most of the time it's because I know that I have so much on that "to do list" already, and why oh why couldn't I just have said "NO". Last week Wednesday - the day before we were due to leave for our camping trip in the Berg, a few of us parents spent the morning lifting our children to school and back, on an outing to a textile factory. Needless to say it was one of those moments where I wondered why I do this to myself and commit to things that take me away from my desk, work, pressing responsibilities, AND PACKING FOR A CAMPING TRIP!!..that requires you pack everything, BEHALWE the kitchen sink - infact - NO - even that!!!!! - and to pay for your sins, you're then left playing "catch up" for the rest of the day.
So as I drove home somewhat disgruntled, giving myself "THE TALK", I calculated what I could have done in the time I had spent driving up and down fields hill, snapping pics of children oohhing and aahing over textile machinery and collecting fluff balls on their clothes! But then I reminded myself of my firm belief in the principle that you should strive to "be content that you are exactly where you should be in the moment you are in, even if it's not always obvious to you at the time, as to why you are where you are".
As I arrived home, I was greeted by one of the most BEAUTIFUL butterflies I have ever seen in my garden, and thanks to my trip to the textile factory, not only was the timing perfect, but I just SO HAPPENED to have my camera on the seat next to me, so I could capture this miracle of nature...well this simple little experience made my day, it really did, and had the flower child in me skipping along saying "you see - you see...if you'd been at your desk you would have missed this opportunity to smell the roses by catching a butterfly".
The last few weeks of glorious weather has left our garden FULL of these beautiful wonders of nature. As my desk is positioned in front of large windows, with a view of their playground, I find myself gazing unashamedly as minutes tick by, at these little miracles of nature. With their beautiful wings all different shapes, patterns and colour combinations, I can see why they give so much pleasure, and need no excuse....and how lucky I was to be in the right place at the right time after all.