02/21/2022, Morning Circle
From Jessica Decke
This video was recorded in the afternoon of 02/21/2022 on the channel between the Kendall Brook Fish Pond and Pitcher Pond in Lincolnville. We missed a couple of weeks--I'll blame it on an over-booked zoom schedule. Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove are also in the middle of a busy hiring season. We are working on building our incredible staff teams to teach with our spring Open Air Classroom and summer programs. This time of the year 2020 was when we were last on the road recruiting staff--my how the world has changed.
The weather is being rather dramatic again in New England, over the last weekend we had high temps in the '20s, Wednesday it is slated to be in the mid-'60s, Thursday around 25*, and Friday 20* with up to 8" of snow. With so much freezing and thawing, the roads are thick with mud and the ponds are showing sinking ice covered by water runoff! These rapid changes greatly impact the lives of all living things.
In our nature appreciations, Jessica touches base on new birds returning on their journeys. What changes are you starting to observe where you are?
For reflection this week, we're all in for a ramble from Jessica about that state of busyness and what it does to our creative thinking. It's a topic she's talked about before and one that bears remembering. Our brains are meant to have lulls in thinking time to recharge, heal, and rest. The brain is an organ that perhaps wasn't designed to be overscheduled or bouncing from one topic to the next with ease. Jess has found taking walks in the middle of the workday a great mental break, where her thoughts can run rampant (and down many rabbit holes). It's a time when she is not only observing the natural world around her but also reflecting on and problem-solving. And sometimes, her observations and thoughts lead her to wish for folks to share it with--such as her noticing the sound of the wing whirr of a mourning dove today and knowing the bird was nearby though she didn't see it. Our best creative thinking comes from providing that space to simply be (without overthinking). This week we hope that you are able to find time to give your brains a break, to allow yourself a chance for a walk outside, to stare at the wall for a bit, or share what excites you with others. It's good to disconnect and reconnect in different ways. Good luck!
As we mentioned, we are hiring. If you think working as part of the team at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove might be a great opportunity for you, please reach out. We'd love to chat.
Until next week, I hope you and yours are doing well, staying healthy. Take care of yourselves. ❤️🍀