Inspiration: Above the Clouds

Imagine living in a time before electricity, airplanes, and fast intercontinental travel. Imagine, in those ancient times, looking up into the sky wondering what there was beyond the clouds, way, way up there.

Stell dir eine Zeit vor, lange vor Elektrizität, Flugzeugen, und schnellen interkontinentalen Reisen. Stell dir vor, in dieser uralten Zeit, in den Himmel zu schauen und dich zu wundern, was es da hoch über den Wolken gab.

clouds

I still remember Reinhard Mey’s classic song Über den Wolken
(YouTube link)

Ich erinnere mich noch sehr gut an Reinhard Mey’s klassisches Lied: Über den Wolken

Über den Wolken muß die Freiheit wohl grenzenlos sein.
Alle Ängste, alle Sorgen, sagt man,
Blieben darunter verborgen und dann
Würde, was uns groß und wichtig erscheint,
Plötzlich nichtig und klein.

High above the clouds, freedom must be limitless.
All your fears and all your worries, they say,
Remain hidden underneath and then
Whatever seems big and important,
Becomes insignificant and small.

Your eyes follow a bird that spirals higher and higher,

Dein Blick folgt einem Vogel der immer höhere Spiralen zieht

seagull in flight

carried effortlessly by its wings and the winds, until it seems to transcend the sun.

mühelos gehoben mit Flügel und Wind, bis er hoch über die Sonne fliegt.

flying over the sun

Maybe you envy this bird for what you don’t have – freedom from place, freedom from gravity, the ability to go anywhere it pleases. It serves no master.

Vielleicht beneidest du diesen Vogel für das was du nicht hast: Freiheit von Gebundenheit, Freiheit von der Schwerkraft, die Fähigkeit, überall hinzu gehen wo er nur will. Er dient keinem Meister.

birds over the water

Maybe you were told that birds were the messengers of the gods and that your soul leaves your body as a bird when you die. Your healers and kings decorated themselves with the feathers of birds; it gave them special powers, wisdom, and the highest status among ordinary men and women. In any case, birds were majestic and mystical and awe-inspiring.

Vielleicht wurde dir erzählt, dass Vögel die Boten der Götter waren, und dass deine Seele den Körper als ein Vogel verläßt, wenn du stirbst. Deine Heiler und Könige schmückten sich mit Vogelfedern; es gab ihnen besondere Kräfte, Weisheit, und den höchsten Status unter gewöhnlichen Menschen. Auf jeden Fall waren Vögel majestätisch und mystisch und ehrfurchtgebietend.

osprey

You send your dreams and wishes with them and return to your worldly tasks – inspired.

Du sendest deine Träume und Wünsche mit ihnen und kehrst, inspiriert, zu deiner weltlichen Arbeit zurück.

two egrets in flight

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week: Inspiration.

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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20 Responses to Inspiration: Above the Clouds

  1. Such wonderful thoughts to carry me through the day…

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  2. Tish Farrell says:

    What an inspiring post, Annette. I felt myself lift from the ground with each image. Thank you.

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  3. Beautiful photos, Annette. Yes, I often envy the birds, especially when I’m off to the airport to catch a plane.🙂

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  4. What an inspiring theme and fantastic images to go with it. Thanks for the link, now I have to get his CD.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    The photo of the bird and the moon is simply splendid. Recently, I was treated to the sight of a flock of sandhill cranes rising up in flight. There is something heart-stirring about it.

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  6. lolaWi says:

    lovely thoughts and beautiful images, Annette! 🙂

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  7. de Wets Wild says:

    Beautiful images to go with the winged words, Annette!

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  8. Gorgeous stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Thanks, Anne, for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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  10. mukhamani says:

    Lovely poem and beautiful photos:)

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  11. ❤ Beautiful images and song.🙂

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