All We Can Do Is Try
I look around me and see snow
The first day of Spring was yesterday
More snow heading our way
A friend told me 8 to 10 inches
Another coworker said 3 to 6
People all talk and get interested in snow
Most people that I know
They keep saying no more snow
I like the powdery white dust
That fills my yard and covers my car like a soft, white and fluffy velvet blanket
I admit it can be a hassle
You have to go out and shovel
Drive slower on the road
The highways can become slippery and dangerous
I am not a skier or a snow boarder
I don't even go out and play in it like when I was a kid
I mostly just shovel it off my stairs and back deck
Clean off my car and clear my driveway
In that moment
I realized how really special snow can be
It gives me a chance to walk across my driveway
Looking at the trees I pass by ever day
They have adorable cute little frosted tips
The firm ground that I walk on
Is now cushioned like little pillows under my feet
The air is usually cool and crisp
So I feel it enter my lungs and I see it when I exhale
I feel closer to nature
I look for markings in the snow
That could of been from a squirrel or bird
More prints probably from a dog
Some more over here
These are different than the rest
Maybe these were from a deer
So in the little time that I went out to shovel
I discovered something special
Life and the living
Soon I will go and leave this world
Back into my home, work or my car
Doing what I feel I have to do
Meanwhile a whole different world functions
Simultaneously with my world
Should I think of joining both worlds a little more often ?
I ask myself a series of questions
Even I am not sure of the answers
What activities give me the most satisfaction ?
Working in a building or being outside in the cold
As long as I am warm
Bundled up with a winter jacket and gloves
I enjoy being outside
There is something I just can't put my finger on
Nature has a way of calling us
Even though right now there is complete silence
I guess there is a lot more to life than meets the eye
I once heard beauty is in the eye of the beholder
How right they are
I wonder how many people feel the way I do ?
Wouldn't it be funny if work
No matter what jobs we do
Gave the employees fifteen minutes a day
Paid on the clock
To take a nature walk in the snow
Experience the outside
So we could revive our energy and tap into our personal power
To see the world up close
I know that isn't going to happen
Then my very next thought
I realized I don't need work to do what I can do
I have a keen ability
So I slowly closed my eyes for a few minutes
Take a number of deep breaths
Well in my mind it has happened and it makes me feel good
DREAM ON (author) on April 13, 2018:
manatita44 Please keep me informed of all your progress. It is always great to see little changes develop into big ones. There is so much to learn and share. Hope today is beautiful.
manatita44 from london on April 13, 2018:
Working on music, photos and recordings. Not much yet but working on it. Thanks.
DREAM ON (author) on April 12, 2018:
manatita44 It sounds nice. It is learning about other places. Thank you for sharing. Good Bless and I hope everything goes well. Are the seminars recorded ? It would be wonderful to see you and others speaking. Have a great night.
manatita44 from london on April 12, 2018:
It is surprisingly cool until about 0930 hrs then it heats up till evening when it goes cool again. Still, no radiators needed. Air con perhaps.
Nairobi is bustling with people and traffic. I travelled a lot using Matatus - a cheap form of ride like city hopper. Vans.
Giving seminars at a hotel. I WILL CONTINUE ON SATURDAY/SUNDAY. HAVE A BLESSED EVENING.
DREAM ON (author) on April 12, 2018:
manatita44 During the day it is warmer. At night we have been getting frost which is unusual for this time of year. What is the weather like where you are? I know you do a lot of traveling. When I take just one trip I am wiped out. From sitting and waiting. I get tired and moody. How do you fight the jet lag from traveling ? How are you doing ?Have a beautiful day.
manatita44 from london on April 10, 2018:
I guess the frosted trees have their own merit. Spring has risen since you last wrote and perhaps you have this warmth of which you speak. Wishing you a great day from Nairobi, East Africa.
DREAM ON (author) on April 06, 2018:
Elijah A Alexander Jr. They both sound like wonderful places to be. I love to hear about all your adventures. I love to take walks but they are only about an hour or two then I go back to work and inner city. Thank you for reading and sharing.
Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on April 05, 2018:
Being that I am in Washington, DC for an indefinite stay since 2009, I generally go to Meridian "Malcolm X" Park now since late 2015, before that I spent most of my time in Lafayette "Peace" Park. However, I was a nomad from 1976 until then and spent whole lot of my time in sparsely populated areas and the woods. How else would I qualify to be called NatureBoy [that is a zero rather than the alphabet o].
DREAM ON (author) on April 04, 2018:
Nature BoyO What a great observation. It is so nice to be surrounded by the beauty of nature. Sometimes we have to protect ourselves also from the nasty bugs and the suns rays. I have a wonderful feeling of peace and serenity when I listen to the sounds all around me. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Where do you go to be close to nature? I also go into a state park when I look up in the sky all I can see is trees. Their amazing branches stretching out in every direction. Have a good night.
Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington, DC USA on April 04, 2018:
I'm going to start with your name of Dream On" if you don' mind.
To dream means one is asleep which means they don't actually see what is before them, that day you woke up and actually observed an environment you once was and can again become a part of. Had you not been conditioned to reject feeling cold and had been encouraged to learn how to protect your body's heat without covering it and sustain yourself environmentally you would not need to be "money chasing" in some office.
You had just had an awaken moment where you mentally saw interesting and satisfying marking made by other life and momentarily dwelled on th possibility of you having time just to do as you saw other life doing and you remembered yo once did as a child. May I suggest you lay that as a foundation to build an "absolutely FREE" you that one glimpse into FREE life afforded you.
That is what I felt as I read it and I must say it was well presented.
DREAM ON (author) on March 28, 2018:
Nikki Khan I am very fortunate to have you as a friend. Each day I compete against myself to do more and be a better person. I am always reaching out to other people who want the same out of life. In this way we can all achieve our goals and help each other along the way. I have always found in my life that my parents, relatives and friends that were older than me have experienced the same feelings I was feeling but it wasn't till later in life I connected with them. Unfortunately most of them have passed on. So I constantly try to learn from other people steps that save time, money or ways to enjoy life even more than before. I have found that writers are the most passionate people in the world. Because they bare their soul every time they write. Not knowing if people will like or even read what they love. I appreciate corrective criticism to help me improve my work. You have to develop a thick skin. Some people can be cruel. I still don't know why people would rather harm other people than help. I know there are only a small percent of this people in the world. I try my best to surround myself with motived, talented, gifted, compassionate, kind people so I have no time for anyone else. This way we can be a sounding board and a reinforcing wall to help each other every step of the way. I sometimes go deep in detail and lose people so I have learned to keep my comment brief. My thoughts go well on to the next page and into a mini book. Most people are pressed for time do to life's obligations. So I really can't thank you enough for taking the time out of your day to tell me the way you feel. I honestly seek to read everyone else's hubs but I run out of time. In any free moment I will pop in to return the favor. I am a slow reader so it is not one of my strong points. I love to read that is my strongest point. I hope I am not out of line by saying when I receive a compliment from someone from something I wrote it moves me in words I have not found to describe how appreciative I am. So many people write comments that sound prefect. It takes me a long time. I have to think out what I am going to say. It's a process. Kind of odd. I thought it would just flow the way when you write something you feel good about. In a rhythm. Sometimes it does sometimes it doesn't. My thoughts and words can't seem to connect. I think with practice the speed and smoothness would come together. It has been only eight years. I want to expose my brain not for what I think it is for what it really is. Well I think I have said enough or maybe too much. Thank you for sharing and caring with every word you type. I wish your day starts off on the right foot and continues with the splendid talent and skill of a world class athlete.
Nikki Khan from London on March 28, 2018:
Thanks Dream on for appreciating my work, and thanks for clarifying the situation.I sometimes comment from my iphone or tablet.
It happens that profile doesn’t come up when you comment, may be that happened.
Anyway I’m really pleased to know that you care of people who like your work and comment.This is how we make a good understanding community which takes everyone together.
I love to read your poetry, it’s very inspiring and heart touching.
Keep up the good work :)
DREAM ON (author) on March 27, 2018:
Nikki Khan I never delete a comment because I think we can always learn from other people. For some reason it didn't accept my click. It stayed as spam or accept. Maybe you posted it from a different source and it didn't recognize it as a comment. Thank you for checking up on it. I appreciate all your thoughts and input. Hubpages is a great place to meet so many people with so many different ideas. Have a wonderful morning.
Nikki Khan from London on March 27, 2018:
I can’t see my comment, did you delete it by mistake?
DREAM ON (author) on March 25, 2018:
Nikki Khan I love connecting with nature and pushing on with my thoughts and dreams. There is only 24 hours in a day. We can only work so hard and fast at any one direction until we find what we are looking for. With the right people in place the same work can be done with more enjoyment in the process. Thank you for reading and caring. I am interested to see what today will bring. What are your current thoughts and direction you seek? The world is amazing and we have only reached the tip of the snow. There is so much more where that came from. Let's explore.
Nikki Khan from London on March 24, 2018:
Taking a nature walk in snow is the most adventurous one as Nature is a great teacher.
An amazing piece of writing dream on.
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on March 23, 2018:
Spring has arrived and this weekend our clocks spring forward. It is a sunny day and there is almost no snow anywhere and one of the worst days for me. I have no idea why today I feel so terribly sad but I do. No particular reason just one of those things. The only proof I have of the fact that everything is as it should be is that Sid is calmly rolled up and sleeping peacefully on the bed.
DREAM ON (author) on March 22, 2018:
Dora Weithers Maybe you had a bad experience with snow. Once you walk in it and toss it around it is so much fun. Thank you for reading and sharing. Have a marvelous day.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 22, 2018:
I like the beauty of the snow,not necessarily the feel of it. Enjoying it for a few deep breaths is the right attitude!
DREAM ON (author) on March 21, 2018:
Linda Crampton I work in a restaurant and we are given only 15 minutes to eat. That is our lunch break. During eight hours we get no other breaks. So anytime away from work is appreciated. I love being outside in the fresh air. It makes my whole body feel wonderful. Be careful in the snow accidents do happen. I drive safe but sometimes it is not your driving it is someone else you have to worry about. Happy first day of Spring. A little late but better late than never. Have a wonderful morning. Thank you for reading and sharing. It means a great deal to me.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 21, 2018:
Fifteen minutes a day to leave work and take a nature walk sounds wonderful! Snow can be very beautiful, though I don't like driving in it.