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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

White Swans - literally! :)

Just the other day, as I was driving on Glades in Boca Raton to go pick up my son and the carpool kids, I was on my cell phone and had stopped at the red light when I noticed these beautiful, white swans out of the corner of my eye.  They were just sitting on the grass off to the side of the road, pruning themselves while the afternoon traffic rolled on by. They were oblivious to it all.

I was so excited to see them that I chose to turn around at the next light after quickly glancing at the car clock and calculating that I was about ten minutes early, which gave me plenty of time to stop and take some pictures. As always, I had my camera in my purse on the seat right next to me.
I got off the phone...the swans were calling...:), parked and slowly made my way toward them.

They just ignored me and carried on!

Just observe how flexible their long necks are.

Check out their feet. I have another closer picture of their webbed feet.
White gorgeous rubbery, scaly not so pretty feet.
They were quite tolerant of me as I inched closer and closer, snapping away the entire time.
These swans were entirely too comfortable with. These are city swans. :)
Just look at her beautiful beady eyes...gorgeous orange/pink beak!
The two strips on her beak...her nostrils perhaps?
When I got too close, they would stop plucking their feathers, or eating the grass and just stare at me.
It's hard to tell if they're looking at me since their eye is part of the gorgeous black leading toward their pink beaks.
And once again, after realizing that I was harmless, it was back to business.
Again, notice how their long neck moves in all directions....
Their long neck even allows them to prune their back and tail feathers.
How cool is that!

Check out the feathers on the grass around them!
Ohhh Be Still My Beating Heart!!!! !!!!

Sigh!!!!!! Grace!!!! Beauty!!!!!
Check out the webbed feet.

Amazing aren't they! Black, leathery, webbed, scaly feet!
Totally functional.

Ain't she a beauty!

I'm reminded once again, of being blessed with His beauty all around me. 
I just have to be present in the moment and the gifts keep coming! 
I do realize that there are days when we just are too tired, 
Too rushed, 
Too late,
 Too stressed, 
Too worried,
Too _____________ (fill in the blank) get the picture...

 Sadly, we all know what that feels like...
When we are in our heads and hearts and not present in the moment. 
I am aware that I am not sharing any new information here. 
I'm sure you've heard this before. 
We're humans...
We tend to forget...
And we all need reminders every now and then, 
To forgive ourselves, 
To stop over-thinking the situation, 
To accept whatever life/ God throws our way with grace, humility and gratitude,
To surrender to His will for our lives,
To trust that He knows us best and has the better plan for our lives,

So make plans, 
Do the best we can do,
But then, let it go...Surrender!
Please remember that we all only have so many breaths allocated to each of us...
Once we're out of breaths, our time is up.
So be in the moment with every breath you take.
Enjoy the journey, the process, your life!!!

Sending you LOVE AND LIGHT!!!!
From one sufi to another,


  1. Don't you love the way you see things differently through the lens of a camera?