You are lying awake in your bed with the tingling feeling of a sleepless night. Flickering shadows fill the room, from the movement of the moths on your window that are captured in the half moon light.
As you peer into the half light of your room you can just manage to see the trail of clothes that you had removed one by one on your way to the bed in the hope that sleep would follow.
In the distance can be heard the mournful sound of a train whistle from the late night express. And you can just perceive the liquid fingers of the gentle summer rain that runs down your window.
You make a decision to get up, walk to the window and to look out. You are greeted by the sight of the tiny lights of the fire flies that are filling the air. You watch their constant movement, mesmerised for a moment by the way they dart here and there.
As you open your window the sweet aroma of the jasmine and rosemary enters into your room and just seems to drift through the air all around you. The smell is quite intoxicating and it makes you feel just a little bit light headed. Or maybe that is due to the lack of sleep.
Your eyes are now becoming much more adjusted to the night light and you start to look further out into the darkness. The big trees are casting strange shadows across the land, which gives them a lifelike movement of people walking in the night. The rain seems to have stopped now.
There is an almost caressing breeze blowing through your hair, as you lean further out of the window to try to see deeper into the darkness and to discover more of the night’s secrets. And it is not that long before yet more secrets are revealed to you.
You watch totally spellbound as you see an owl swoop down and pick up a small rodent from the ground, with the only sound being the swish of the owl’s wings as it flies away.
As if disturbed by the movement a small frog jumps across a dry stoned area, looking for any water that it may be able to find. Its back glistens in the moonlight as it progresses along the ground.
You hear the noise of something foraging in the bushes just below your window and suddenly what emerges almost makes your heart stop. It is the head of a large snake, its eyes flashing bright green in the darkness.
You hesitate, but in the next moment the snake has slithered away and all that you manage to see is its tail disappearing into the long grass. It was obviously more frightened of you, deciding to get away quickly.
After such excitement you need to drink some water to help you to calm your nerves.
Picking up a small bottle, from your table, you drink deeply and enjoy the refreshing taste of water that has come from the mineral springs.
You instantly realise exactly what nature brings to your life, giving you a constant flow of pleasurable memories that lift your spirit and offer you hope for the future.
To think that you could have slept, without even knowing any of these things were happening, but now you are very glad that you were able to discover the secrets of the night.
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