Before beginning, I wanted to inform you that this will be my last article. I have been called to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the California San Jose Mission. I have appreciated your following and the kind words you have for me and my writing. Thank you so much!
In this final article, I have decided not to pick my best of photographs, but to mention a few of the little lives that are around us, that have so far inspired my life the most.
This is for my fellow readers, and an encouragement to others, to find joy in the small, simple, and good things that can uplift us and bring us our own personal joy. Whether it be as simple as the scent of the desert shrubs or falling rain, the sight of the boastful robin or the songs of the crickets.
Rather than having a dependence on greater things, which are harder to obtain in our everyday lives, it is the simple things we need to look for, because wherever we may be, we can easily find them.
These are just a few of my many favorites:
• The American robin, and how it once helped ease the homesickness and sorrows of settlers coming to the new world by reminding them of another bird from their homeland.
• The mourning dove and its slow, hollow coo in the early mornings, possessing a peaceful sound and a bland beauty as they sit on the wires or rooftops of neighboring homes.
• The honeybee, with its inspiring example of continually working hard its whole life, while also maintaining organization and tidiness amongst the colony and hive.
I encourage you to take the time in your busy world to see these everyday simple things that can bring such peace and joy, just like they have done for me.
Taylor Lindsay is a writer and photographer of wildlife creatures big and small. She can be reached at CritterChatter@live.com until Aug. 30, and then this email account will no longer be monitored.