As we step forward into a fresh new year, and decade, here are some wise words from a few of my wild friends.
Greet each day with a smile.
Enjoy the search for life’s nectar.
Wear your true colors …
but on crabby days, lay low.
Eat good foods …
and drink plenty of water.
Share the resources.
Wildlife, who have to physically work for every bite, like to remind us humans of the importance of movement. They tell us to …
I’ve watched plenty of wildlife simply having fun, especially ravens.
Wildlife remind us to:
Hang out with our mates …
and cherish our loved ones.
Try to get along with everyone …
but when it’s not possible, take leave.
And because we are granted many days in each new year, there are bound to be some bad days too. The wisdom there is:
When life gives you dung, be a dung beetle.
It’s good to be industrious …
but don’t forget to take time to perch …
Never stop singing …
and just keep hopping.
Wishing you the best in 2020, my friends. Thanks for sharing the sparks of 2019 with me.
Written by Jet Eliot.
All photos by Athena Alexander.
125 thoughts on “Welcoming 2020”
Great advice! Lessons from nature can’t be beat.
Hi Jan, wonderful to have you stop by, thank you. And Happy New Year to you.
The text and photos work together perfectly. Happy New Year!
Thank you, Sheryl, I’m glad you enjoyed the New Year post. I hope you new year is filled with delectable foods and fun recipes.
What excellent messages Jet, and all attached to perfect, beautiful images. My message to myself, friends and family at the end / start of the year was “I’m looking forward”. Thanks for this and all your wonderful posts and hears looking forward to many more – cheers! 😊
Thanks so much, Alastair. I’m glad you enjoyed the New Year post, and it was great to hear from you. Best wishes to you as you move forward. Happy New Year, my friend, I hope it is filled with grand walks and fun times.
I love this post!!! How awesome and so spot on. Here’s to a great New Year for you and Athena!! My 2020 bring peace, happiness and joy!!
So wonderful to receive your enthusiastic and appreciative comment, Kirt. My warmest thanks, dear friend, and best wishes for a terrific new year.
Jet I love this. It should be made into an official calendar!! Such a great collection of photos and a wonderful variety of wildlife. I was thinking about you recently…. We had an ornithologist from Spain stay in our little nest in Sri Lanka (which we still rent in order to use for home exchanges and Airbnb). He was able to identify 49 birds just on our property!! We were always trying to identify what we saw and heard, using a bird book of course, but being neophytes it was not easy and we were left in the dark….. wondering… Am looking forward to his list so we can look them up finally and know the names.
Wishing you both a wonderful 2020 full of nature, wildlife, birds and tranquility.
Such a wonderful comment, Peta, thank you so much. I love that you thought of me in association with the ornithologist. What a gift that he identified the birds on your property. Athena and I do this for folks wherever we stay (in our home country, U.S.). I don’t usually get feedback if they used the info or not, but just hearing that you enjoyed his feedback gives me a great smile. Sending my best to you and Ben for a fantastic new year; and thanks so much for a great year of worldly exchanges and photos.
Such a beautiful world! Happy 2020, Jet 🙂 🙂
My warmest wishes to you, too, Jo for a fantastic new year. Thanks so much for sharing your walks every week, and for stopping by so frequently.
A great series of photos and some some even greater gems of wisdom too. Best wishes for 2020.
Thanks very much for your kind words and visit, Isabella. Happy New Year to you!