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You really can trust life

You can trust life. You really can. I had a little lesson in trust recently that I’d like to share with you because this matter of trust is of such vital importance.

My wife and I live in a town-home in Centennial, Colorado that has the great good fortune of being surrounded by a lot of Nature. Nature, as we all know, helps us keep our sanity in difficult times and is positively essential to our overall health and well-being.

There are a lot of trees and shrubs around our home. Right outside our front door, for instance, stands a large, absolutely gorgeous blue spruce tree. (There was no extra charge for this tree, fortunately, when we bought our home.)

A short 4-minute walk from our home takes you down a grassy slope to a hiking trail and a lovely stream named Dry Creek, which curiously has been flowing every day, winter and summer ever since we arrived in this neighborhood.

I love walking beside this stream and listening to the music of running water. I love sitting on our front porch admiring our resident bunny as he (or is it she?) pokes around looking for a suitable clump of grass, or perhaps pauses to rest for a few moments, eyes half-closed in quiet meditation.

Most of all I love the birds that show up in our neighborhood once the weather begins to warm up and spring arrives.

But here’s where trust comes into the picture. Because until today, March 14 2017, there have been hardly any birds, at least none that I could see or hear.

“Why are there no birds around?” I worried. I remembered Rachel Carson’s important book, “Silent Spring,” and the stir it caused when it was published many years ago.

I’m happy to be able to share with you some good news. As I walked beside some nearby cottonwoods this morning I saw, for the first time this year, some robins hunting diligently for food in some long grass.  My favorite bird was back. I also heard songbirds. Not only that. I noticed tiny buds appearing on some of the trees and bushes.

I wouldn’t say we’ve been invaded by spring yet. But spring is definitely beginning to make its presence known.

Spring can be trusted to give its gift, I think to myself. Nature, our ally and friend, can be trusted to do its job to the best of its ability. Love, our true nature, the invisible source of all that is beautiful and true can also be trusted.

In these critical, dangerous times, how important that we too can be trusted to give our gift, be true to ourselves and play our part in the process by which truth emerges triumphant from the seeming chaos that surrounds us.

I’m sorry my posts have been a bit sporadic for a while now. But here’s what amazes me. You’d think that as you age, you’d have more and more time on your hands, more and more time to do what you want to do or what you need to do. But it doesn’t quite seem to work out that way. Each day seems to end up being pretty full, and if it’s not quite full, you’re glad of a chance for a nice rest:-).

Would love to hear any comments you may have on the above. My love and blessings to you.

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Carol Wills March 14, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Christopher,

Just to let you know you’re being heard (read) over here in North Carolina. You talked about birds–and I am hearing birdsong even as I write. I put out peanuts in the shell on the railings of my deck each morning, and have acquired quite a following of blue jays–and even a red-bellied woodpecker shows up periodically for a treat. Also some squirrels, but I like squirrels, too.
Hope you are enjoying a pleasant evening. Keep writing!

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Christopher Foster March 16, 2017 at 11:04 am

Thank you so much for sharing, Carol. Your love for birds and indeed for all life (including squirrels) shines through every word of your comment. I feel I’m right there with you in North Carolina as you put out peanuts each morning on the railings of your deck. If I was a red-bellied woodpecker I’d be beating a path to your deck too:-).

Love and blessings to you, and thank you for the encouragement to keep writing.

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Grace Catley March 14, 2017 at 6:42 pm

Your writing today was balm for the soul. I too, always find hope and inspiration in Nature. I also appreciated the reminder to trust in my own goodness and stay true. Thank you Christopher.

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Christopher Foster March 16, 2017 at 11:07 am

Thank you, Grace. I much appreciate your kind words. It’s good to be sharing this journey with you. Blessings.

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Sima March 14, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Dear Christopher,
Your beautiful thoughts and narration of nature has filled me with so much positivity that everything around me seem so beautiful, otherwise I was having a little difficult time in regard to human relations.
Thank you so much dear friend for just being around to inspire us.
God bless you with good health and bliss.
Love & Regards,
Sima

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Christopher Foster March 16, 2017 at 2:48 pm

God bless you too Sima. I’m deeply touched by your words and the love and kindness that you express in your words. We may be separated geographically but in spirit we are one. Take care and lots of love.

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Sandra Pawula March 14, 2017 at 10:12 pm

I loved this piece, so beautifully written. Trust, it makes all the difference in the world. I’m a little discouraged though that I’m not going to have more time as I get older! I’m already noticing that. I don’t have many obligations, but I’m always busy, usually with the mundane.

So happy when you have the time to post.
Sandra Pawula recently posted..Are You Ready to Live a Heart-Centered Life?

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Christopher Foster March 16, 2017 at 3:03 pm

Sandra, it’s always such a pleasure to hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to write. I really do treasure the friendship that I feel with you. Don’t be discouraged, please, by this business of getting older. It comes loaded with all manner of blessings. For example, I find that the older I become, the greater my ability to see wonder in even the most simple and apparently ‘ordinary’ moment. Love to you Sandra.

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Llynde March 16, 2017 at 6:04 am

Love this piece, Christopher, and how true it is. After a long winter we seem to doubt that Spring will return with the sounds of life and song again – but early this week my tulips made an appearance on our south wall! We are still in double digit minus C temperatures at night! The Power of Mother Nature. I am told that the Canada Geese are returning to Oak Hammock Marsh in Manitoba, Canada once again. This is a sure sign of Spring to come.
Your readers say the words in my heart – thank you Christopher for your peace and wisdom and positivity.
Healing Light for you always with love
Llynde

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Christopher Foster March 16, 2017 at 5:20 pm

Hi Lynde,

Many thanks for your beautiful comment. Hooray for your tulips, they’re doing a great job, aren’t they. Hooray for all Canada geese too, we actually have a flock of them in a pond near our home. Every now and again they take off to fly some place, and it’s always such an inspiring sight to look up and see them flying by in proud formation. Blessings and love to you too.

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Gloria Rubin March 16, 2017 at 3:14 pm

Yes to everything you wrote of spring, Chris…it springs out, spring becomes part of our step, spring finds a place to grow and flower in ones heart all if you trust that process.
Days become longer the light brighter, nature has cycles, so do we! A walk by a trickling stream, the singing of birds, butterflies flitting here and there and bees buzzing in the abundant meadows, all celebrate the rising of spring. Awake arise to the song of life❤

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Christopher Foster March 18, 2017 at 11:57 am

Beautiful Gloria. Thank you so much for sharing these delightful thoughts and images. I’m happy to say that spring seems to be coming on stronger and stronger here in Colorado: a precious time of year indeed. Blessings.

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SandiO March 17, 2017 at 12:35 pm

Happy Spring! Chris-
Nice to hear from you and loved your post.
I was so discouraged when we received more snow three days ago, after enjoying green grass, sunny skies and the assurance that Spring truly was here. Yesterday, in looking outside there was my first Robin siting of the season! So exciting. Today, as I had lunch, I witnessed another Robin quickly spiking a worm! Did you know that the Robin is Michigan’s state bird?
I am so fortunate to be married to a man that shares my wonder of nature. And, I totally agree, nature is such a blessing during such stressful days!

Kind thoughts and thanks to you , my friend.
Sandi O

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Christopher Foster March 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm

It’s good to hear from you again Sandi. I didn’t know the robin is Michigan’s state bird, but what an inspired choice. It’s definitely one of my favorite birds if not THE favorite. I’m happy to say that I saw at least half-a-dozen robins yesterday. There’s a semi-wild, grassy area near our home that seems to draw them like a magnet. I so much enjoy watching them, their unique way of walking, kind of like an office worker putting on speed so as not be late for work, and then the way they suddenly stop and like you say quickly stab down after a tasty morsel. Blessings to you Sandi.

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Thankyou for this beautiful post. 💕 I deeply relate to it. I’m a seeker too of finding wisdom in ordinary things in life. Nature has always been my favourite teacher. God bless.
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