It’s only a week after Spring Break, and I’m already dreaming of the sunny Saturday and Sunday that we are promised this weekend. I went back and re-read this post to remind myself that I don’t have to wait for Spring Break to have some down time. Looking forward to accomplishing relaxation again this weekend.
Today, I had the joy of having a day off work and a daughter who just wanted to have some down time in her bedroom. I know, right?! Graciously (and without hesitation!), I took the opportunity to pick up the shovel and start mulching the beds down by the river rock creek. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day–sunny, breezy, not too hot. I reveled in the moment.
After awhile, however, my body kindly suggested it was time for a break. I sat on my front porch and surveyed the scene
in front of me, antsy to get back out there but knowing my shoulder needed a break. It got me to thinking about how the
who can resist making art with all these colors?!
homesteader/gardener/farmer can relax when the body says, “STOP!”
- Sit on your porch, deck, stoop or at your kitchen table and just take in all you’ve created–it is a moment you’ve earned. For me, it also let’s me get a bit sentimental or spiritual and think about how far I’ve come since that time in my life or how knowing these skills have changed my life.
- Journal, blog, twitter–write, write, write. Share what you’ve learned or just comment on what’s growing in the garden this season.
- Photograph, paint, collage, draw–document your activities–not only will it help you plan for future planting seasons or canning adventures, but it will also inspire others and share a little more beauty with this world
- Study up on a new skill–needless to say, there are plenty to learn on this journey we call life.
- Stroll through the garden, tiptoe through the tulips, sip tea under the trees. Take comfort in the peaceful moments Nature has to offer.
- Take a nap–outside or in, it does a body good.
- Lie on the ground and look up–one of my personal favorite–there’s a whole other world living up in the trees
- Invite friends or family over to enjoy your homestead too–get out your favorite jar of jam and homemade bread, throw a handful of mint in some tea, slice up some veggies. Smile, laugh, and share.
For those of us who derive so much pleasure from doing, it’s hard to remember that sometimes, we can derive happiness from being. So sit in the garden and talk to the birds or peruse through a cookbook at your kitchen table. Me, I’ll be fingering through my seed packets and dreaming of warm, juicy tomatoes and pickled dill cukes.
And on Thursday, as an act of radical self-care, we will celebrate the miracle that a few people love us SO much, that we can go on, and bear up, no matter what; that even though they know the darkest, most human and intimate and disgusting stuff about us, they still love us. In fact, they love us more and more through the years. This is so wild, and is really my only hope. It is what salvation looks like. A handful of friends is the reason my faith in God is so deep. Because they ARE love; they (along with the dogs) are my most obvious connection to divine love in this joint, the looks of love on their faces.
Let’s celebrate that all you need is love; and that God is Love and love is God; that Love will heal ALL, although unfortunately, maybe not on our time–ie by Wednesday, right after lunch. But it will. When all is said and done, Love is sovereign on this earth. So let’s go crazy with love on Thursday. If we want to be filled with loving feelings, all it takes is to do a bunch of loving things for others and ourselves. That’s all it takes! You take the action, and the insight will follow–that all you need is love. Crazy. We don’t need to buy or be given a single thing, and we don’t need to eat anything we don’t really want. We’ll just give each other secret love gestures all day. Okay? You in?
~Anne Lamott, excerpt from her Facebook post, Sunday, February 10, 2013
One of my favorite holiday traditions is the annual viewing of The Muppet Christmas Carol. I have loved the Muppets since childhood, and as an adult, I came to appreciate the gentle lessons they teach us about life. Through humor, word, and deed, they embody those abstract concepts that as children (and adults) we find difficult to understand or master.
Today, I am posting one of my favorite songs from the film. It has become a prayer of sorts. On days when I need to feel the light, I forage around the holiday CD collection and put this one on “repeat.” http://youtu.be/vEtXQku79q0
Bless Us All (lyrics by Paul Williams)
Life is full of sweet surprises
Everyday’s a gift
The sun comes up and I can feel it lift my spirit
Fills me up with laughter, fills me up with song
I look into the eyes of love and know that I belong
Bless us all, who gather here
The loving family I hold dear
No place on earth, compares with home
And every path will bring me back from where I roam
Bless us all, that as we live
We always comfort and forgive
We have so much, that we can share
With those in need we see around us everywhere
Let us always love each other
Lead us to the light
Let us hear the voice of reason, singing in the night
Let us run from anger and catch us when we fall
Teach us in our dreams and please, yes please
Bless us one and all
Bless us all with playful years
With noisy games and joyful tears
We reach for you and we stand tall
And in our prayers and dreams
We ask you bless us all
We reach for you and we stand tall
And in our prayers and dreams we ask you
Bless us all…