This date holds a special anniversary for me–it is the day four-years-ago that I had surgery which unexpectedly also removed cancer from my body–a miracle of sorts. In the last few years, I intentionally chose to walk (and even skip!) down some new paths on my journey, and here are a few things I’ve learned.
1. It is never to late or too early to live out your dreams and passions. This little farm has been my inspiration for this life lesson, and I do not regret the day I said, “To heck with the grass, I’m going all garden!”
2. You are never too old or too young to ask for help. It is amazing how free you feel when you surrender to the fact that you can’t do it all. And hey, why would you want to? It doesn’t leave you with any time to play, garden, or laugh.
3. Being outside everyday is critical to our wellbeing. There is nothing more healing than feeling warm sun or cool breeze on your skin or standing still long enough to observe a ladybug travel across a leaf. Nothing makes me feel the magic of childhood wonder than experiencing a sprouted seed or woven nest.
4. Important life lessons come from trying new things. Forget the fear of failure and making mistakes. Goodness, how boring would life be if we mastered everything around us. Stretch yourself, think outside the box. (And remember, you don’t have to tell anyone about it so what’s the harm?!)
5. Live simply. I work on this one every day. It’s not a goal to be attained but a way of life I want to embody.
6. Take time to “just be.” Most of you know, this is my mantra. There is nothing “slack” about taking care of yourself or taking a life “time out.” In fact, it is probably one of the hardest things you may accomplish each day. Mindfulness and contemplation create peaceful souls.
7. Grace is available to each of us. We all live in God’s garden, and God tends to each of us as needed. It is more than having a second chance or a do-over; it is about a way of life, knowing that we are being nurtured to be the best we can be.
And so today, I will celebrate life. I will plant seeds in the ground. I will sing loudly to my favorite music (to my teen’s dismay). I will run with my dogs, kiss my child on the forehead, put my laugh lines to good use, and create something just for me. I will love and be loved. And I will give thanks and say a prayer for the journey that brought me to this day.