I have a tendency to be critical. That often comes off as complaining, whining, grinching… call it what you may. Most of the time, I hold the thoughts, keep them to myself, because I don’t want to be perceived as a negative person. Am I a negative person?
There’s a poster at one of the schools I visit with a quote, apparently by Rabbi Hillel:
Watch your thoughts, they become your words.
Watch your words, they become your actions.
Watch your actions, they become your habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny…
I had a perfectly marvelous morning. In fact, my entire work day went very well. At the end of the day, I decided to walk out to the spot where a Moccasin-flower grows. I had time. I didn’t have to go fast, which was good, because by this time of day, the temperature was in the high 80s. I’m not complaining! It’s just an obvervation. (There is, however, a reason I accepted the name WinterWoman when it was given to me. Sweat generated through hard work is acceptable to me. Sweat that drips down your back just because you stepped outside… oops… am I grinching? No! ‘Cuz if I were grinching, I’d mention all the mosquitoes and black flies I had to battle.)
Far more common is the little Canada Mayflower. I’ve taken plenty of shots of it, but here’s my first with the lens attachment:
As you know from a previous post, I’m a big fan of ferns. I couldn’t resist taking a few shots of the fronds, fiddleheads, and spore cases up close. I didn’t post them all, but here’s a pretty cool one.
I probably would have taken a lot more shots with my new lens yesterday, if hadn’t been for the heat… and the bugs…
And yes, I probably AM complaining… I think it’s in my blood: Get a load of this shot of me as a kid: everyone else was happy, but I was grumpy. Hmm…. what was THAT all about? Seems to be a habit of mine to be grumpy. I had better watch my thoughts! I don’t want grumpy to become my destiny.
I must embrace the heat… It’s only going to be in the high 70s today. I think I’ll go hunt dragonflies after work… Must have heat (and bugs) for dragonfly research… OK… I can do this… No grinching…