Sunflowers in the garden, bowing their lovely faces in the gentle rain.
My favorite sunflower yellow Fiestaware mug, steaming with lemon tea.
The beginnings of a sense of being soothed after a nap, after a mostly sleepless night.
Nothing major is “wrong,” per se.
Just a litany of jangly, achy, irritating details I’m trying to release.
First, to get it over with, it’s camp nurse flashback time again.
“Freddy is fine!”
Though Freddy (read that me) had another fall. A very minor fall, this time.
It turns out that if you fall off an overly enthusiastic little rolling stool you don’t have nearly as far to go before you hit the floor which seems to be a good thing.
A couple of bruises and some aches. About equal parts frustration and gratitude.
It has slowed down the painting, though.
A minor riot on the part of the resident rescue dogs resulting in the need to completely rearrange the pantry for security reasons.
Rather more frustration. Until I realize that I have food to put in my pantry and nobody got hurt.
Time challenges. Reflections on the old Amish quote: The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!”
And thanks for having work I love.
A reminder of the time, 30 years or so ago, when I first wrapped my head around the notion that stories have the power to change lives and I get to tell stories.
I hope that some of those stories are helpful to you. To people we know. And don’t know yet.
I know they are helpful to me.
In choosing what to write, I am also, in an odd sort of way, choosing what to believe.
Or, as the story goes, Stephen King has been known to say, “I write to find out what I think…”
For today, I am choosing to believe that life is for learning and sometimes that means we fall down.
And get back up, looking for tea and sleep and maybe a bowl of soup.
(Not to mention the Muscle & Joint essential oils I brough back from Hawaii!)
And now, there’s a break between the rain showers and the big dogs need a stroll out back. Soon it will be time to feed them. And laugh while I watch them loving their food.
Which is a pretty great story right there.
What stories are you choosing to believe?