This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.” – Rumi

Reading Rumi’s beautiful quote on a deep winter day disguised as spring made me laugh out loud! Every morning since the world paused I’ve woken up a new arrival adapting to ways of being not experienced in my lifetime and now seemingly overnight just as hope tentatively returns to our world, an ugly conflict half way across the world has ignited an almost forgotten fight or flight response.

To chase away thoughts of war, a sunny weekend day found us sitting on the worn bleachers at Brockton Oval in the park after a delicious lunch outside at Lumbermen’s Arch concession. Our vista against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains and green forest is filled with murmuring Canada geese, happy dogs chasing brightly coloured balls and people running or walking the oval track. A group of four with their small black dog spread out a feast on the lone picnic table and took turns running a mile or two before indulging. Above, against a sky not graced with instruments of war, we watched five Bald eagles lazily flying together, their wings gently touching. Nearby, gulls performed their own dance in the sky with the snowy triangle that is Mount Baker (Washington) rising majestically above the horizon.

A spring-like downtown walk not long ago led to the Vancouver Art Gallery to gaze upon the rare Shakespeare’s Folio (under protective glass) opened to the page introducing Romeo and Juliet in celebration of St. Valentine’s Day with plans to get lost in the iconic forest paintings of Emily Carr. Later, I was surprised at how many patrons were eagerly waiting to enter as I left, perhaps hoping to chase away thoughts of war as well. On my way home, throngs of pedestrians moved along Robson St. window shopping and buying treasures – I stopped into a tiny chocolate shop to buy six delectable pieces to enjoy over a weekend of afternoon tea, each sweet bite, a reminder to seize as many moments as I can! And I’m so glad I did, the chocolate shop is closing at the end of the month, yet another casualty of the ongoing pandemic…

Other arrivals come in the form of an unexpected greeting card or email brightening days overshadowed by too many outcomes when all the world wants is peace. They arrive in spring flowers and blooms emerging with their messages of hope – and today, a metal or wooden sign in the shape of a white house hung (we wonder how) high up on a forest tree with the words, Love Without Limits, an answer to a prayer after the worrisome news of the day.

The last day of winter unfolded in yellow and blue inviting winter bound souls to move around outside, new arrivals to the shops, coffee bars and benches in a neighbourhood more than ready for spring not war.

This beautiful vista greeted us as we left the bleachers at Brockton Oval in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).
Terry captured the encouraging words, Love Without Limits, deep in the forest on one of his daily walks.
I often sit on a polished wooden bench near this lovely Camellia bush with a thermos of tea and a book!
The air is filled with the heady scent of wood smoke and blossoms these spring days, this capture was taken at the entrance to Stanley Park.

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I'm currently blogging from the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia - a vibrant city by the sea, surrounded by mountains and a very unique urban forest.
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26 Responses to Arrival

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Lovely photos, Kim… you live in such a beautiful place!

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  2. It is hard to wake up each beautiful morning and realize that elsewhere in the world, people who were peacefully going about their days have had everything around them destroyed and have suffered the loss of many lives lost. “Love Without Limits” is a wonderful rejoinder. Keep acknowledging the beauty, Kim. Enjoy your spring.

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    • Thank you, Diana, for your compassionate words and understanding…and yes, it is very hard to wake up each beautiful morning that we are given and not think of those that are suffering on the other side of the world.

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  3. What a delightful tour filled with beauty and mindful enjoyment of the simple pleasures. Thanks for sharing them Kim.

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  4. Wordcatcher Wordpress says:

    This is a heartwarming read. Thank you for sharing and taking me for a quick scenic tour. ❤

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  5. Carol anne says:

    a beautiful way to end winter and bring in the spring! ❤

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  6. murisopsis says:

    The photos are wonderful and make me more anxious to travel to Vancouver! If all goes well, I will be traveling to Abbotsford Recreational Park for the event on August 13th – provided the event isn’t cancelled!

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  7. markmkane says:

    Loved the pictures of nature but I loved how you talked about what you were seeing when you were eating lunch on the benches. With war happening on the other side of the world, it’s nice to see how you described the animals doing their thing around you. It paints a picture that no matter how bad things may get in the world, nature is there to remind you of the beauty that surrounds you everyday even if you don’t have the time to savor it.

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    • Nature heals and it breaks my heart to see the destruction that is happening on the other side of the world…the peace and tranquility nearby cannot be taken for granted…each day is a gift.
      Thank you so much, Mark! It’s a pleasure to read your words here…


  8. I think that’s a great way of describing how we are at the moment, since none of us has experienced anything like these days before. As for your winter/spring walk, it sounds idyllic, from the eagles soaring to the pieces of chocolate. All vividly and beautifully described as though I was there.

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  9. Kathy says:

    You’ve painted a beautiful picture of Presence–just noticing what’s happening in the immediate world in front of us. It doesn’t take away the heartache of what’s happening in other places–but there’s a a gorgeousness in describing “what is” as it unfolds. xoxoxo

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  10. calmkate says:

    you are the master of tranquil observation in your local area, so refreshing 🙂

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  11. ellie894 says:

    I wasn’t very familiar with Emily Carr so I looked her up. Thank you for introducing her to me. She paints beautifully. And your writing is lovely! 🦋

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