What can I say, everyday I greet you with a cool smile but you seldom notice. I am taken for granted by billions and only appreciated by a few. Every morning I look forward to greeting you looking my best but you never notice. Past generations greeted me with a smile and took the time to appreciate my beauty. In some cultures the first born was named in my honor. Those were much simpler times. Today you are in such a hurry that I feel I am a nuisance and not a blessing as you rinse the dew I left on your car. As I arrive every morning millions of animals greet me with song and playfulness but you, don’t even take the time to appreciate them. I guess it is true what you say time is money, but money can never buy what you miss every morning. A song has recently written about me and I hope it will help you understand what I have been trying to say.
The song goes like this: James Blunt – High Beautiful dawn – lights up the shore for me. There is nothing else in the world, I’d rather wake up and see (with you). Beautiful dawn – I’m just chasing time again. Thought I would die a lonely man, in endless night. But now I’m high; running wild among all the stars above. Sometimes it’s hard to believe you remember me. Beautiful dawn – melt with the stars again. Do you remember the day when my journey began? Will you remember the end (of time)? Beautiful dawn – You’re just blowing my mind again. Thought I was born to endless night, until you shine. High; running wild among all the stars above. Sometimes it’s hard to believe you remember me. Will you be my shoulder when I’m grey and older? Promise me tomorrow starts with you, Getting high; running wild among all the stars above. Sometimes it’s hard to believe you remember me..
Here I am trapped between these two concrete walls and plated glass. Forced to serve my time away from everything I love. I had promised my kids the vacation to Disney & Universal in California & am boarding the flight in a few minutes. I will miss Lavasa for three weeks now! Anyways the last week in Mexico is dedicated to the “Sergio Bustamante” store at Lavasa due to open coming Diwali.
How often did I really think about nature? Not often! I had never really stopped or slowed down my life to think about the great and beautiful things nature has to offer. That is until I started visiting Lavasa regularly. It is now that I have come to realize the wonderful things nature in Lavasa has offered me and I have never, like they say….stopped to smell the roses! I had always been too busy with my job and life itself that I had forgotten to take a moment to embrace nature; today I miss my Lavabahn cruising as I exit my country.
The water body beautifies the hill station and everything around it. The trees make it so inviting and I remember thinking….I’m coming back here and just relax and enjoy the view. Of course, I will now not have the chance to go back for 3 weeks!!! Why don’t we appreciate nature and take advantage of what it provides us. Natural beauty is found all around. The trees seem to call out to us and invite us to take a break from our daily lives and just relax and read a book under them. They provide the shade and protection that we so much need in hot sunny days, as well as in shady, cloudy ones. Sitting on the green, crispy grass under my favorite tree near Ekaant makes me feel I can open my arms to the clear, blue sky. I can actually breathe and slow down to really observe my surroundings. The water makes the area so tranquil and soothing. The sound of the water is music to my ears. The sunlight on the Warasgaon Lake creates illusions of wonderful shapes in many different colors yet to be named.
I can see fish swimming slowly in the water and disappear in its depth. I can hear the chirping of the birds and the sound of branches as they play happily on the trees. It’s almost as watching children running joyfully. I can smell the pureness of the air and fill my lungs with the ecstatic energy that only nature can provide. Time seems to stand still as I sit here and enjoy the natural beauty of the environment. I wish I did not have to leave this enchanted place. I envy the ants that are free to come and go everywhere they want; the birds that fly all over the sky and yet always come back and the fish that live in the waterbody and know all its treasures and its most precious secrets. Daily life struggles seem to fade away and I feel empowered to conquer anything…anything at all! How wonderful is this feeling of peace, courage and happiness and to think that nature is found everywhere. Only three hours from Mumbai!