Thursday, April 2, 2020

Learning How to Enjoy a Simpler Life

It's certainly getting more difficult to put on a happy face every morning as I try to stay in touch also with reality but at the same time try not to get too bogged down by all the bad news.  These are indeed the times that try men's souls.

These are not normal times and our lives as we once knew it may not return to that normal. Normal may be very different in a year or two from now - we'll have to wait and see what that will look like.  But for now, try to find something positive in life, the joy in the simple things like spending more time with your loved ones than you ever imagined.  Hubby laid out a garden plot for me yesterday while I was working and I did not even know it.  He has tackled every chore on the farm I ever wanted tackled.  He's going to run out of things to tackle very soon!  We enjoy our dinners together, watching The Crown on Netflix.  Last night we dined on pizza by the fire at the cabin. 

Life on the farm is pleasant, peaceful, the grass is greening, the birds are singing.......  We saw a double rainbow early evening yesterday.  A double!

(Pinterest Photo)

Part of me thinks that this virus is nature's way of putting life back on earth where it should be.  Nature is screaming at us - we have destroyed the planet, we've over populated it, we've killed the animals, we've polluted the air, the rivers, the land. "So take this," she says.  And look what is happening now.  Will some of us now begin to listen who have been in denial for so long?

And I love this....... remember, there have many times in our world that we questioned why so many were suffering.  Somehow we all will get through this.....

“And people stayed home
and read books and listened
and rested and exercised
and made art and played
and learned new ways of being
and stopped
and listened deeper
someone meditated
someone prayed
someone danced
someone met their shadow
and people began to think differently
and people healed
and in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways,
dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
even the earth began to heal
and when the danger ended
and people found each other
grieved for the dead people
and they made new choices
and dreamed of new visions
and created new ways of life
and healed the earth completely
just as they were healed themselves.”
~Kathleen O’Meara
‘And People Stayed Home,’ written in 1869,
after the Great Starvation in Ireland.

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