((This month, a blogger I enjoy reading (brittanyherself.com) has set out some writing prompts for us fellow bloggers or writers to share our real-life stories. The theme for August is: Body Image, with 31 different topics to write about.))
Where do you go when you need to recharge?
When I’m stressed, or tired or just need some time to myself there are a few places I like to go.
I love the ocean!
I love walking near the shore or scrambling over rocks or just sitting on some driftwood and watching the waves.
I’ll find a beach close to town or even drive to some secluded wild west coast beach.
Rocks or sandy, it doesn’t matter.
I love the ocean.
But today I want to share one of my new favourite summer retreats.
It may be for a few hours or it may just be for a few minutes, but my patio garden is where I can always go to recharge.
I sit on my lounge chair facing my back yard, shoes off, toes wriggling freely in the fresh air and relax.
My plants and flowers in my patio garden oasis glow with bright shades of red, pink, purple and orange in the light.
I can hear the birds singing and chirping and twittering.
I can feel the breeze against my skin, hear it among the tree branches and see it rippling the shades of green around my yard.
I may have a book in hand or not, depends on how tired my eyes are.
I may have a cool drink siting beside me.
My little white dog is usually scampering around in the grass, sniffing where the wild bunnies have traveled or chasing the mostly elusive little lizards into their hidey-holes.
The best moments that leave me sitting frozen still and prickly with excitement are when I hear that familiar thrum and a tiny humming bird comes zooming in from the bushes to check out the glass feeder I’ve placed near my hanging flower baskets just for them.
They hover and twist their heads towards me, down below them, wings all blurry in a flurry of movement.
If they decide I am not a threat, I am still enough and quiet enough, they turn their tiny jewel eyes to the feeder and zip in and out, assessing if it’s something good to sip.
They take a drink, quick as you can blink.
And again, and again. Then finally feel comfortable enough to cease their exhausting wing beating and sit on the feeder perch to indulge in a deeper drink.
I smile and know that I probably have the best and sweetest offering on the block for these dainty creatures. I make a super-sweet and sugary boiled syrup for them, filling and refilling it almost every other day.
The little sharp-beaked bird, once drunk its’ fill, then zips off lickedy-split!
Those moments recharge me.
The quiet. The trees. The fresh air.
The feeling of being close to something so small yet so very alive.
I feel the burning knowledge that God, Creator of everything, cares about that little bird. And if He cares about just one tiny, delicate bird, how much more infinitely does He care about me and my life?
I need to feel that once in a while.
I need those moments.
What about you?
What are some of your favourite places to recharge?