Explore and Observe

DSCN5405 (2).JPGThe transition from fall to winter can be a very dreary time, depending on which part of the world you live. Everything is coated in shades of gray and brown, it gets dark very early, and sometimes there is not that much to do because of the weather. If you live in a rural town, some people can easily get depressed during this time of the year.

I just experience a combination of cold, rainy days in Maine, and could not do very much because of the drab conditions. Because I was staying in a small town, there was not a lot of activity, but I made the best of it by exploring some interesting places on the few sunny days that surfaced. I discovered and observed a few new things that I have never seen all the other times I’ve been there, and it gave me some motivation to write on the days I couldn’t leave the house.

The last time I saw the town’s state park, it was covered in a few inches of snow. This time around, the leaves were still trickling, berries were glistening from half-naked trees and a lone dandelion was peeking from the patches of green grass still visible. Though most of the foliage looked dead, life was doing its best to survive in the harsh temperatures.

dscn5417-2Maine has a lot of history, being the oldest state in the nation. I visited a graveyard with my husband’s ancestors and came upon many interesting gravestones. There was an elongated tombstone from the 1700’s that was lined with a family throughout the years. There was one in the shape of an obelisk and another that had double hearts belonging to a couple. Walking through there, it reminded me how precious life is and we should make the best of the time we have.

Coming home from dinner one night, the sky was magnificently clear, but no moon in sight. I took a moment to look up and was in awe to see the darkness filled with so many stars. I have never seen the night sky so clearly before and took a few minutes to enjoy it. It reminded me of how small we really are in this vast place.

So the next time you go somewhere or even taking a stroll in your backyard, find inspiration by exploring and observing your surroundings. See things you never noticed before and it could motivate you to write.

2Written by: Donna J. Sanders

Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, Devour Me and Charcoal Kisses.

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