Sunday Serenity: Dormancy

Sunday serenity. Boy, do I need it.

We all need it.

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.

Oh yes, and I wish you some Sunday serenity.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy

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Lest We Forget: Sacrifice and the Ultimate Price

In honour of Remembrance Day, I’m re-posting this from my writing blog “In So Many Words.”

Lest we forget …

Thanks for visiting

Dorothy

In So Many Words

When I was a little girl I loved to hear the stories my Scottish granny, Alice Gordon, would share of her parents swapping the civilized life of gentry in Glasgow for the pioneering life of the wilds of northern Alberta.

My great grandfather, William Alexander Gordon, had served as a member of the Black Watch for many years, and when he retired was eligible to take advantage of the Canadian Soldier Settlement Act which provided returned WWI veterans who wished to farm with loans to purchase land, stock and equipment. And so, in the early 1920s, this man of middle age with his wife, Jane, and seven of their 13 children (six had died in childhood) abandoned everything they knew of their life in Glasgow and traveled by boat and train into a great new adventure.

Little did they know what that entailed. Their 200-acre parcel was situated about 100…

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Sunday Serenity: Perfect Imperfection

In a society pre-occupied with the “perfect” look (whatever that is) it’s comforting to know that nature is somehow perfect, and supremely beautiful, in its imperfection.

We can be, too.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy

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©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2020 … Aimwell CreativeWorks

Sunday Serenity: A Walk in Nature

It’s Thanksgiving weekend in these parts and my loyal collie, Reilly, and I are enjoying short walks in nature. The spectacular colour show is particularly heartwarming this year given the times in which we live.

So we lose ourselves to the wonder of it and give thanks for its beauty. After a virtual plague of caterpillars in the spring that decimated the foliage on many of the trees around here it’s reassuring to see how resilient nature is.

Humanity could learn a thing or two from that.

Happy Thanksgiving … 🍁❤️

Dorothy

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