Mistakes Are Lessons and Lessons Are Gifts
One day last week, I took a walk to my favorite park by the river. The river was still flooded from winter and the water was deep among the trees. On this particular morning, there were about 8 Canada Geese floating leisurely about. Their young haven’t hatched yet, and obviously they’re not nesting too close by because I was able to get quite close to them without too many warning honks to stay away.
I’ve turned into a terribly lazy photographer over the past year or so, so I didn’t have my camera with me, despite the fact that I’ve promised myself more than once to carry it with me at all times.
So, I shrugged it off and decided to enjoy them anyway.
A couple of days later when I headed back to the park, I remembered to bring my camera with me.
I met One Goose on the way and he was nice enough to pose for me until he got bored and swam off.
At the park of course, there were no geese to be seen and so I sat down on the bench to write in my journal.
After a while, I got up and took a bunch of shots of a woodpecker nearby, but I wasn’t really in the mood. I moved on to some ducks that were swimming around, but they were quite far away and I didn’t think that ducks were very interesting anyway. After a while, I packed up and went home.
As I exited the park, a young mum with her kids asked me if I shot anything interesting. I told her no and then lamented jokingly about the geese I’d missed the other day. We laughed about how things seem to turn out that way.
No, this is not fantastic pro nature photographer stuff. The photography is not the issue. The issue is, that I was able to capture beautiful wild animals doing their thing, but I was too busy lamenting the missed opportunity days before, to even realize it!
It has been raining for 3 days, but I’m not one to stay inside if I can avoid it so this morning I headed out with my camera in a light drizzle. Today, the park is full of wet and muddy puddles. In between the puddles new spring grass is sprouting up everywhere and I am present enough to see the beauty in what is in this moment, and that is when I finally get it.
The beauty that I am experiencing on this rainy morning in the park, it’s everywhere! All of the time! Camera, or no camera, rain or no rain. Wherever I am, all of the time.We just have to choose to see it and accept it for what it is.
So today, I am grateful for the lesson learned, and the gift received.