December 7, 2018
I spend a great deal of time outdoors most of the year, but this time of year I especially find Joy in the wonders of nature. Temperatures fluctuate, leaves change color and drop, we start to see bright pink sunrises indicative of cold winter storms, deer are active, birds are migrating, fish begin a pre-winter feeding frenzy, big moon phases add to the unusual activity among all animals, and in here in South Carolina we feel a drop in humidity that creates some of the most beautiful days of the year. I am an avid hunter, but rarely shoot anything – preferring to watch and listen. During one sitting at sunset, in the top of a big tree, in the middle of the woods, I will see turkeys, squirrels, deer, coyote, raccoons, and more – all in quiet stillness appreciating the moment and free of technology and other stimulation.
Over the years, this change in nature has become a reminder of the coming holidays – a reminder of more Joy to come during Thanksgiving and Christmas; during which we practice selfless giving and spend much-needed time with friends and family.