I am linking this post to The Nester's Favorite Post of 2009 party. I chose this one because I see it as the beginning to our new way of life and a healthy way of dealing with the changes. We are still here and still surviving and thriving! Thanks, Nester!
I am participating in Susan's Outdoor Wednesday today. Please visit her to see what all of the other participants are up to outside today.There is nothing like a stroll around the garden with a pencil and paper, making lists of what needs to be done, to clear your mind of clutter. Instead of making a list of chores this morning though, I worked on a list of options. Like many in this economy we have had an unexpected change in our circumstances. Not the type of change one would have expected at this time in our lives, with one child in college and another beginning in the fall, still a good 15 years away from retirement. Needless to say my first reaction was panic.
Now a bit less than a week later my husband has made me realize that this is a blessing, a new door opening, a chance to start in a new direction. He wasn't really happy where he was and we have lots of time to decide exactly what we want to do with the rest of our lives. So we are assessing what needs to be done around the house and garden. Reveling in the time we have to actually accomplish the many tasks that need to be done. We will be fine, actually better than fine. Refreshed. Reinvigorated. A new plan on the horizon. I am looking ahead now not to the sadness of an empty nest but the prospect of doing something different. Embarking on an unexpected journey at an unexpected time in our lives.
So, I am taking a morning stroll to see whats up around the garden.
A bit of tidying is needed. Some weeds to be rid of. Maybe some plants moved and divided.
Time to get a close up view of the details. What is really important.
Enjoy the green and peaceful world that surrounds us. Delight in the joyful colors.
Smell the roses (er..I mean peonies) so to speak.
Step back and reassess from a distance. Get a bit of perspective on things.
Trim up a bit but don't go overboard.
Bask in the warm sunny days ahead.
Brilliance can be found in the smallest bloom.
Don't be deterred by a few weeds, they can be cleared away with little strain.
These tiny herbs will grow abundantly in the next few weeks, providing flavor, scent, texture and a feast for the senses.
Work in progress will continue. The satisfaction of a job well done is it's own reward.
Time to sit and swing when the day's labor is complete.
A new path has opened before us and we are more than ready to explore what is in store.
We will savor every small treasure along the way.
Seeds sown in season's past are bursting into bloom.
Let's climb this path together...
to enjoy the peace of a contented life.
Slow and steady wins the race.
As Helen Keller said, "Keep your face to the Sunshine and you cannot see the Shadow. It's what the Sunflowers do."
Have an abundantly joyful Wednesday, P.
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