Like most people I know these days, I am busy. Really busy. As my schedule has filled over the last few months, I have struggled to manage my time, my priorities, my household, my livestock, the homeschooling of my son, the accounts for my husband’s business, my blogging, the 8 websites I curate, my commitment to 2 hours of specific computer work a day that I do for someone — and something — I care about deeply…
And now the plates are flying. In every direction. I am juggling so fast these days that I am a surprise to myself. And I love it!
Every. Single. Minute.
I love the discipline and rigor of not getting out of the chair until so many words are written. I love how accomplishment feels in my body; the lightness, pride, joy, and anticipation of an article well written that I want to share with you. There is an anticipation when the window-page opens in front of me and I begin to write — and then there is that wonderful completion of letting down, release, and quiet satisfaction when the window closes and the article is finished, edited, and posted.
Just a few years ago, I was nearly bedridden with post-menopausal osteoarthritis. Walking from here to there was an agony. If my feet had been broken instead of arthritic, it would have been a relief, the pain was so intense. There was a time when I could only type using two pencils, turned upside down so the erasers touched the keyboard instead of my tight, aching fingers.
And yet here I am today, putting up hay in the barn, carrying water buckets, planning this year’s gardens, chasing the goats away from the chicken’s scratch, and walking my treadmill after so many wonderful hours at the computer, happily in front of my window-page.
This gorgeous summer day, I am living a new life that I couldn’t have even dreamed of back then, and it inspires a level of Gratitude that simply transcends words. It is an opening in the soul, a budding flower of new dedication and commitment to taking action in my world for the betterment of myself and those I care about.
As a gardener, I try to follow nature as best I can. And I find it is the same with a human life… We grow and are blessed with so many vibrant leaves of color; gifts to hone and polish, creativity to share, new ventures to explore. And then there is a giving back. The leaves come back to the soil to nurture and enrich the next cycle.
A Gratitude-infused life is the fuel for my writing, the reason I juggle so many, many plates. There is care to be given in so many directions! What a wonder it is; to become the deep, rich summer soil for new things to grow in.
It is the only way I know to say Thank You.