Celebrating What is Always There

Sitting on a bench absorbing views so green and colorful, heart singing with joy and gratitude as Nature gently caresses the senses.

The Universe has a major part to play with such a phenomenon. It is so easy to accept everything we see as just ‘normal’; being there all the time. But ‘time’ is more than minutes, hours, days, and years.

Time is a reality inexorably linked to the beginning of the Universe with the Big Bang some 15 billion years ago. We talk about light-years. Imagine a light ‘beam’ (although it would not be a pure beam with a finite circumference, but a mass of light travelling in all directions through the Universe at 186,600 miles per second, having not, for example, reached planet earth.

But what if it were possible to be an observer facing a star’s rays of light before it arrived on planet earth. It would not be a single beam of light but similar to a light bulb shining in all directions. And the moment it becomes visible on earth, would it just ‘switch’ on its light as a distant light bulb?

What has this to do with Mother Nature’s gift to life on Earth?

I have written similar descriptions, where closing the eyes,  enhances other senses. Birdsong will be more evident and type of birds becomes more evident, glorious. Images visit the senses as imagination and surreal elements free the mind and heart.

What is infinity? An emotion that releases fantasy and the ability to travel around the Universe, or to imagine an avenue of trees, so endless, it appears to literally go on forever. Narrowing but always a source of light; always present however remote.

An avenue of trees presents an onlooker with an awesome spectacle; not just the distance, but the grandeur of trunks and branches possessing an almost tangible feeling as they seemingly embrace a visitor.

Each tree has its own unique character. Looking closely at a tree bark it becomes mesmeric. They are more than real, more than alive, they display a conscious majesty of Nature’s mission.

An avenue of trees has a greater meaning than the parallel form suggests. At the same time, manifesting infinity and closeness to Nature.

These gorgeous giants are so welcoming. Dense in leafy splendor, light shines through from their canopies to rest upon the face as observing is a natural instinct. There is a real and genuine tangibility as if the trees are metaphorically embracing the visitor.

On opening the eyes, a gentle change; a metamorphosis has retained the scene as when the eyes were closed. Imagination is no illusion but enhanced reality.

Nature, whether the surface of the Earth or a star’s light reaching Earth following millions of light-years, suddenly switching to a visual phenomenon as it arrives, we are privileged. It travelled longer than Earth has existed. As it travelled, the Earth formed. And life eventually visited the planet.

The avenue of trees not only projects magnificence but infinite fantasy.


Simon Lever
Simon Lever
Prior to his retirement, Simon engaged in software and services sector search and recruitment for American companies around Europe. He has retained the enjoyment of engaging with people from other countries and cultures. His energies are now directed towards voluntary community activities, journaling, and exhibition stewardship. He is a Featured Contributor for BizCatalyst 360°. As an Exhibition Steward, at the 1000-year-old Winchester Cathedral, he is responsible for guiding visitors from the world over, around the award-winning 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition', which includes the 900-year-old Winchester Bible. The exhibition introduces visitors to Winchester's historical significance as a former capital of England. Simon's journaling activities are published on BizCatalyst 360° and accompanying posts on LinkedIn, He acknowledges the inspiration afforded him by Carol Campos of Massachusetts: Life Strategist, Writer, and Intuitive Business Leader who introduced him to writing with feeling; from the heart. Simon's forté is creative writing; the accent on the natural environment, transforming feelings, emotions, sights, sounds, and scents of Mother Nature's landscape; hills and rivers and woodland into words, transporting the reader to the locations. Essays include accounts of his life in former days. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become life-like. His often emotionally charged writing, whether describing a surreal 'Son et Lumière' at the Grand Place in Brussels to experiences acquired during European business travel. Journaling and Exhibition Steward activities are his key sources of inspiration and creativity. Kindness is ever more important, where he is a promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC's 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign. Simon champions Positivity, Empathy, and Kindness and has been described as a 'Beacon of Positivity'.

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