It is almost hard to belief how winter has hit us with such a sudden bang. It was only about 2 weeks ago that we had no cold and now we have an amount equal to about 2/3 of our entire winter coldness last year. It is beautiful when the winters first arrive. It is suddenly so much brighter outside as the winter reflects the light of the street lights in the nights. Now I have lived through enough winters that it shouldn’t surprise me yet every year it seem to do just that.

I have noticed that somehow I have changed over the past while. I do seem to notice and appreciate those small wonders. Our street is lined with beautiful old elm trees. I have always thought that was nice, a street lined with a bunch of trees is beautiful. I still see that but I see each individual tree as its own unique, beautiful and living self. OK, an elm tree is an elm tree but put a long row of them together and if you really look you can see the uniqueness of each; I suppose the individuality of each. Does that make sense?

Over the past month or so I have started about a dozen different posts but life seems to keep getting in the way of me finishing them. A couple I am struggling with as they have deep and special meaning to me, messages I do want to share. I am going to try to be more diligent in getting them done and post more often.

  1. b.wana says:

    Dear Miqdad,
    Thanks for the post. I really dislike winter, but you reminded me to try to find the “wonder” in all that whiteness. On the topic of finding things amazing, may I recommend a book? It’s called The Book of Awesome. It’s all about finding the miracle in the mundane. It really is awesome…Praying for you and Judy. Thinking about you often, Wiseman.

  2. Martha Singh says:

    I have here a raging forest fire. It doesn’t look that it will head in our direction but nefarious people may be behind it so we are diligent. Over 40 people have died. My point being miq, don’t put off till tomorrow…

  3. Catherine says:

    If the transformation that has been predicted, and is actually proving to be underfoot now, is achieved in the next two years, you have just expressed the caliber of appreciation, awareness and openness needed to bring about the change we have to make as a society. It is in your sentence expressing that you see: “each individual tree as its own unique, beautiful and living self”.

  4. Jamal Panwahar says:

    Sounds simple, but it is profoundly evolutionary. You are an example, Miq. No simple matter.

  5. Salman Ateeq says:

    Just thought I’d share a blog that is done by an artist who only uses nature to create her art. She just happened to be featuring trees today!

  6. Salman Ateeq says:

    An awesome post indeed. Thankyou 🙂

  7. Mel Carter says:

    After several inches of snow, I sat in the 23 degree weather to listen to the silence. It was worth the coldness. I shall love the return of the bird song–but cherish the silence of today

  8. Jessica Krupali says:

    Awakenings happen. Sounds like a few have happened for you. I eagerly await more.
    Discovering the uniqueness in all of G-d’s creations is an awesome thing, methinks.

  9. Irwin Karan says:

    I’m finding it hard to cope with the cold today so your post is a great blessing. Tomorrow, I need to try and take some photos of the white wonder around us. Thank you.

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