Today as I started my day, I sat down to begin reviewing some of my tools for improving our health and happiness. Just to be clear with full disclosure, I am truly fortunate to be able to have my office outdoors. I set up a table for my desk, multiple outlets for my E-gadgets, an umbrella for when it rains, or the sun gets too hot. On beautiful south Florida winter days, I am enjoying the sun and sky, birds, bees, butterflies, and everything else in my little piece of nature. I can think of no better place to work in a stress-free environment than being surrounded by nature. It is hard to get upset when I am overflowing with gratitude to be able to work in my natural office.
Back to my story. So, as I start working on my webstore, I hear this thumping on the far end of my patio. This is not unusual as nature frequently stops by. Usually, it is a blue jay trying to crack open sunflower seeds. Or a frog who was suddenly trapped in our aquaculture tanks. However, this time I looked up and saw a soft-shell turtle banging its head on our aquaculture fish barrels. It had become wedged between them and was trying in all desperation to escape. It was going nowhere and as the turtle moved, it made a slight thump, thump, thump on the barrels. As I was not exactly sure what species it was, I did a quick online search and there he, or she was, a Florida softshell turtle (Apalone ferox). Their preferred habitat is water. I am a quarter mile from a lake that is probably its home. How did this turtle walk all that way? It had an approximately sixty-degree steep incline it had to traverse, cross two parking lots and a main road, down another embankment and then somehow under a fence and onto my patio. This was one determined turtle. Well, it decided that today was the day to see a bigger world. After researching a little to ensure I handled this in the best fashion, I scooped it up and walked it back to what I hope was its previous home. The turtle quickly rambled down a hill and disappeared into the lake.
I always try to learn about our connection to nature when a new animal enters my life. When any animal or insect acts in a slightly peculiar fashion, I try to take note and quietly observe its actions. Was this animal sent to remind or tell me something, a sign from the universe, God, angels? All living things have certain traits that set them apart from others. When we recognize these differences, we can then try to relate them to our own lives. We are a part of nature and we are all connected at an energy level, science is proving this. After an encounter with nature, I search online sometimes looking at sites about animal totems, spirit animal meanings, or even angel signs. After reading a few articles I will reflect on how that animal’s lifestyle can relate to my current life experience. There is always a connection to be made. We simply must allow our minds to relax, let the universe take control,
What a great way to start the day. Embracing nature, helping a lost turtle, and simply being grateful to be a part of the story. Wherever you are, whether it’s freezing cold, or sweltering hot, take ten minutes today, go outside, and just see what cool stuff nature gives you every day. Look at the trees, the snow, or desert sands, and simply feel gratitude for the free art that nature provides. If you get a chance to interact with nature, a wild animal shows itself, a bird, bee, or butterfly zooms by, take a minute to really appreciate the complexity of it all and enjoy the moment. That insignificant encounter may just be an opportunity for to grow. Pay attention, the universe is designed for your abundance and frequently will send you signs to ensure a successful life journey.