Yesterday I spent the day outside in the light and warmth – listening to the birds and breathing fresh air. While I was in the garden, walking wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of wood chips from the large pile out in the front yard to the walkways in and around the garden out back, I found myself repeating a mantra to myself. As there is so much that is not within my control right now, my mind moved to all of the things of which I am in charge and do control.
I am in charge of the food I choose to eat. I am responsible for how I move my body each day. I can choose to be outside no matter what the weather. I am the one who chooses what I buy or don’t buy. I am the one who is in charge of how I treat my family, the kindnesses I offer others, the way I greet my fellow humans. I can choose to wait before I speak. I choose grace. I choose intention. I choose surrender.
The word surrender has a connection to the phrase, “I quit”. But that’s not what I mean. I surrender to the things I cannot change. I surrender to peace – in my mind and in my space. I surrender to something greater than myself.
And I felt better. And continued to walk the heavy wheelbarrow of wood chips to the garden – creating new pathways and adding a layer of freshness to the already worn paths. And I felt better.
safe, calm, kind
LynnApril 17, 2020 at 3:14 pm
So glad I got a cup of tea first to enjoy your muse. It hit me particularly strong as we have daughter home for a week and have been negotiating spaces,emotions,etc. Thank you again. it is not just the cooking you bring to us but you and your thoughtfulness.
athomeatseaApril 17, 2020 at 4:03 pm
Lynn, thank you. It seemed time for a little deeper moment and so I just went with it. I don’t often go there, but these times seem to call for our most authentic and our most graceful selves. Most days I’m up for that challenge. Hugs to you all.
isabelcuseoApril 18, 2020 at 4:38 pm
Hello Annie.. your words before your great omelette are/were just what I needed. Thank you.
athomeatseaApril 19, 2020 at 8:09 am
You are so welcome. I’m happy it helped in some small way. They were just what I needed too.