We all need to be able to compartmentalize our lives enough that we can find some respite from these unusually challenging times.
So much change. So much uncertainty. So much potential. So much promise.
Yet, every birthing of the new requires the passing of the old. We cannot suffer and thrive at the same time. We must make a choice. What do we give up? What do we keep? What do we embrace so we can create the life we want?
This old apple tree, which has been battered by ice storms and had pieces of it grafted back together more than once, is dormant for the winter, but a few weeks from now it will begin its next great awakening. It will blossom full of promise for the new growing season.
That’s what I wish for myself, and for you. These unusual times have forced many of us into dormancy, but like the apple tree that sleeps and renews itself for the coming season we too have the potential to step into a revitalized and fruitful way of being.
And so, wherever you are, and whatever your struggles right now, I wish you strength, I wish you joy, and I wish you resilience. This too shall pass.
Today I honour the memory of my beautiful horse, Bear, who succumbed to torsion colic November 21, 2017. He was 16 years old.
Bear changed my life in many profound ways and was the perfect mirror to my heart. We shared almost 12 years of growth and adventure, so his sudden departure was a life quake that altered my emotional landscape.
I celebrate his influence on my life by doing my best to live the lessons he taught ~ to be in the moment; to let go and let be, and that candy canes at Christmas are a good thing.
And so, I am reminded that in the day-to-day commotion of life it is important to live, to love, to learn and to laugh with those nearest and dearest to us. Life is too short for anything else.
Whenever I find myself feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of our times I bring my thoughts back to nature. I look at this nearby tree, for instance, and consider what it must have witnessed and the storms it must have weathered over 100 years (+/-) of its existence.
Nature can help us put things in perspective. If we’re paying attention it can teach us lessons of resilience and adaptability. How to flow with the seasons, weather the storms, and bend with the winds of change.
Nature knows how to take care of itself. We, as living beings, are an extension of nature that appears to have lost this knowing. We need to return to the natural world and tune in to its healing frequencies.