love is all around us

John Muir, the American environmentalist, wrote, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” The older I get the more I find Muir’s thought to be true. Maybe I walk a bit slower? Or look harder to find something I need? I just know that nature is showing me little gifts. Lately, I’ve been seeing hearts.

It started this summer when my husband and I went back to the Colorado town where he proposed to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Hiking up the mountain trail, I knew that this trip was about nurturing our romance. Yet my mind was still back at home, filled with the minutia of daily life.  And then I looked down and saw a small heart-shaped rock at my feet. Instead of picking it up I took a picture of it. As we walked, I saw more hearts. I took more pictures. Rocks, leaves, even the shape of the snow melt on the side of the mountain looked like a heart.  Exactly what I needed at the exact moment I needed it.

It’s called nature’s valentines. Isn’t that a perfect name? Look for the heart shape next time you take a walk. It’s everywhere in nature. Love really is all around us.