A friend said something to me the other day and it struck home. She said that it was hard to see our days unraveling in slow motion. That the accumulation of losses was the bittersweet theme of this stage of life: for our loved ones, our careers, and our businesses.
I’m thinking about that today, the last day of the last weekend of this summer.
I’m not one bit sad today.
But I know exactly what she is talking about.
So I went outside and stood in the garden right in front of my favorite rose bush. The rose that I pruned in February, and began feeding in March (due to the unusually dry and warm spring), and that I fussed over all summer for the same reason. The bush that gave me flowers for the kitchen and the bath all summer and that may or may not keep on going now.
Have you ever wanted your garden to be all in bloom all at once just for the thrill of all that beauty? I have. I’ve wanted to cheat nature.
But those of us who love the fruits of the earth know that it doesn’t happen that way. Nature holds all the cards and doles out the seasons.
Thank you Summer. Thank you for another year of beauty and grubby knees; of berries and beans, of sunflowers and basil (and weeds, can’t forget weeds.)
I’m standing stock still, barefooted, in the grass, and thanking summer. Because my life is changing in slow motion and I don’t know what tomorrow will hold for me and those people I love.
Fall is coming soon and I can almost grasp the scents of this summer as it fades: the last BBQ, football tailgate parties, the musty smell of leaves after the rain.
If you have a chance, and the inclination, go stand barefoot in your garden….stock still….and listen, smell, feel.
Can you sense your life changing in slow motion? Today it is enough just to BE.
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