Keeping your head above water
We are all going through a rough patch. The pandemic is STRESSFUL, no matter if you believe it or not. If you have had it and survived, or if you know someone that has died of it. The restrictions placed on the whole world affects us all. The fact that some people are in such dire straits they living in refugee camps where wearing the right type of mask is the least of their worries is horrifying to think of.
How are we supposed to make it through this?
Yesterday I met a woman who had just turned 105 years of age. She lived through the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. It lasted 2 years so she was 5 when it was over. She remembers her mom helping out other people and making cabbage poultices and stuffing their noses with mentholatum.
She and her entire family made it through. She was raised on a farm and had farm girl thinking. My own mother was raised on a farm and I believe some of her farm girl attitude translated over to me, that has given me strength to survive.
My mother told me of times that the snow drifted so high, they would have to tunnel out to the outhouse to go to the bathroom. She said that if their barn had too many barn kitties, my gramma would put them in a gunny sack and go drown them in the stream. To some this would seem barbaric and harsh, but is what they had to do to survive. No one complained about the work or felt horrified by the fate of the kitties because that was how farm life was.
What I am saying here is maybe we are making it more difficult than it has to be.
Today I ran across a little card the front of it said, “Discover Life’s Bounty’s” You will need:
Simple Steps Putter around a secondhand store or a flea market. It's a fact of life that one person's junk is another person's treasure. How many treasures can you find? In your mind's eye, create a "basket" of riches. Here are some ideas you might find: Your partner's support, your child's musical laugh, a friend's loyalty, your boss's respect, a warm home that shelters you from stormy weather.
Thousands of people from all over China have headed to the Zhongnan Mountains to appreciate the simple beauty of a tree shedding its leaves for the 1,400th consecutive year.
The ginkgo tree, also known as the maidenhair, is sometimes referred to as a “living fossil” because, despite all the drastic climate changes, it has remained unchanged for more than 200 million years. It is a living link to the times when the dinosaurs ruled the earth.
This tree amazing and beautiful, has endured the earths ravages for 1400 years. It is well cared for by the monks, just as we must care for ourselves and those who pass through our lives. It is simple. Just as this tree is just a tree but magnificent simplicity at its’ best.