Tuesday, December 29, 2009


there's been a lot of talk in the last year on the subject of "being in the present" instead of getting sidetracked by what has happened to us in the past or worrying about tomorrow. We are all guilty of this; as it is easy to get lost in our past. I just brought this up with someone recently as this person tends to reside in the past and when you reside in the past, you definitely aren't focused on what is going on around you. but i started thinking about it - how do we live in the present? how do we make ourselves participate on a daily level; what is the trick? after thinking about it for awhile, i decided one way to be present is to observe what is going on around you. take it in, notice, think about it, question it, learn from it and as you walk away take something positive from it. I thought i'd start posting some random observations from my walk through life and encourage you to share yours too.

So i'll start by sharing this observation with you. i looked out my kitchen window yesterday and was shocked to see this hawk sitting on one of my feeders. i ran upstairs as fast as i could and grabbed my camera. when i got back, i got to watch him through my zoom lens and was enchanted by the beauty of this bird. the colors of those feathers - oh how i wanted to pluck one from his tail! i watched him as he looked for food. his head turning in all directions as he searched. finally i could tell he was going to leave as he leaned forward and spread those amazing wings. quick as the shutter took its last picture, he was gone. then i called dillon to tell him what i saw.


  1. Kecia,
    He is a beauty! I'm sure he was looking for a small junco or chicadee for lunch, which I'm glad you did not have to witness!
    Nice post. It is hard to dwell in the present, but we all need to be aware of the blessings that surround us. Mary

  2. Hawks are beautiful birds. There are lots of them around here. I like your idea of living in the present. I' try to live consciously.. being aware of my surroundings and what I'm doing. We all have a habit of doing things unconsciously by habit. I'm looking forward to your observations!
    happy new year!

  3. Beautiful! Thank you for your post on observing to be present - it is one of my (many) New Years Resolutions.
    Also lovely thanks for the holiday card! Hope yours was merry & bright as well.
    Happy NY 2010!!

  4. Oh wow! Beautiful bird. And lovely post.

  5. lucky you to see him so close up...love the music..xox


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