I was puttering in the kitchen a minute ago when a potted plant outside caught my eye. The pesky squirrels have been busy gathering walnuts from the tree above and ground near by the plant. In their frenzy they knocked the plant over. Annoyed at the interruption I headed outside to set it right.
As I turned back towards the house I was greeted by the darting and hovering of a tiny hummingbird visiting the patch of impatiens blooming at my feet. Had those squirrels, my arch nemisizes and declared enemies, not bumped into the plant and tipped it over I would not have stepped outside at the precise minute the hummingbird arrived. I stood quietly for a matter of minutes while the hummingbird tasted the sweetness of each pink flower in the bed, flitted on to sample the plants filling the patio, and then headed out to the garden for a dessert of pumpkin blossom nectar before journeying on to brighten someone else's day.
I have to thank those dog-gone squirrels for helping me shift my focus from the annoyances I see in the distance to all the positive little things that surround me in abundance.
Particularly the hummingbird
And the squirrels--though I recognize that they still believe they have squatters' rights to my garden, and we will tangle again
The anticipation of watching tomatoes grow riper on the vine (slowly) each day
The lesson of patience taught in a garden
Blessed rain that has fallen on our parched earth this week
The deep and restful sleep that can be had during a rainstorm
The tinges of orange beginning to show on the pumpkins
A break in the intense heat and humidity