Living above the treeline creates a fascinating existence and a fresh perspective.
When I wake up, the first thing I see is sky. Blue, gray, partly cloudy, mostly cloudy, foggy -- call me -- I'm your local meteorologist.
I can see storms coming from very far away, great cloud walls swiftly arriving and leaving. The moon, the sun, the stars in amazing display.
During hurricane Sandy, I saw Dorothy and Toto fly by. No joke.
Just yesterday, I realized the buzzards are back. So beautiful with their amazing wing span. Why do we value bald eagles (which also fly by) more than the buzzard?
There is the resident hawk, so beautiful, so focused. This morning, two red tail hawks are soaring right above me with some brave little birds chasing after them. Just to my right, a sparrow is perched with branches ready to build a nest. I am tempted to supervise -- letting God's winged child know they better think again about their choice.
During the winter it looks like Rekyvek from up here. I can see frozen lake for miles and miles.
In Florida, I could see large sea animals swimming dangerously close to unknowing people who floated far from shore. Is it a dolphin? Or a 200-pound bullshark? I move away from the balcony.
This treehouse perspective got me thinking.
How can we rise above our circumstances, get above the treeline of our life so to speak, in order to see things fresh and anew?
I think being close to nature is key. We are so caught up in this crazy fast-paced concrete world. We forget the language of the trees, the sky, the stars, the planets. The language of the birds.
Above the trees, I have learned that nature maintains its same steady pace. The birds repeat their daily patterns with ease. No striving, no worrying. Awake at the same time, asleep at the same time. They rest at night and joy comes in the morning.
How can you rise above the treeline in your own life to gain a fresh perspective? Have you climbed a mountain lately? Do you have a unique view and perspective from where you live? Are you enjoying it? We want to hear from yoU!
(Written by Jane Hart, copyright 2015)