Dear Honey Run Friends,
I’m not sure if it is age or living here in rural America, but I have grown to truly enjoy sitting and watching the forest. Before I moved up to Holmes County, the wildlife I enjoyed in the suburbs of Columbus, beyond the token squirrel, was limited to say the least. I did not miss seeing other animals. In all honesty I did not think about nature much beyond the token drive to the country or state park. I had plenty of activities to keep my attention in the city and fill my days. Then I moved to Holmes County, and that all changed. Most businesses close by 6 pm, and there are no entertainment options after dinner. After I adjusted and my new normal became a part of my routine, I found that I did not miss the hustle and bustle of the city. I found new pastimes.
The most surprising new hobby was watching the forest. It’s an incredible living work of art. I watch the wind blow the trees as they sway with each gust. I watch the squirrels and chipmunks fly from limb to limb as they work their way across the canopy highway. I watch the deer scavenge the forest floor for food, and then as they watch me watch them. It’s a funny game we play. They move and I watch with interest. I move and they watch with a little interest and a little fear.
On a sunny day, when the sunshine leaks through the leaf canopy and streams to the forest floor, it is almost a spiritual sight. It’s as if heaven is sending down its joy to the ferns tucked among the trees on the forest floor. I have never heard of forest watching as a “thing to do,” but this has quickly become one of my favorite activities. The sense of calm and peace that I receive from watching this living scene is hard to describe. What I can describe is the joy I feel. Everything melts away. I don’t hear the constant buzzing of the phone or think about what I must get accomplished, I just sit and soak in the moment. These quiet moments help me realize that the world turns everyday without my efforts.
While I am a valued member of his earth, I am not the center of it, and with or without me, the forest will go on doing what it does every day.
I am thankful that I live and work in a place where I have the forest surrounding me almost the entire day. I am thankful that my life journey has allowed me, as I mature, to enjoy nature and all its wonders. I am thankful in this season of giving thanks that I have the eyes to see, the ears to hear, and the sense of smell to observe all the beauty that is provided for us in this world.
I pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday, and have some time to stop and watch the forest!
Your forest admiring Innkeeper,