Yesterday I went out to pick some flowers to put in a vase in my Happy Room. I felt the stare of the garden’s flowers upon me….looking accusingly: “Who are you and where have you been?”
True confession: I have been everywhere but out in the garden. For the first time, since the garden was created in 2013, I have gone an entire week (actually a little over a week) without stepping into my garden.
Mother Nature has provided just the right amount of rain and sunshine to sustain the trees, plants, and flowers with no assistance from me. The first couple of days I peeked out to check on them visually from the back door window…but after that I didn’t even take a peek.
I had some lunch dates, family outings, household projects, and, of course, my Louise Penny mysteries to keep me quite busy and quite happy. It was never an intentional hiatus…just a chance to take a little pause from the daily routine.
In fact, the word, hiatus, is defined as: a pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process. And sometimes….taking a pause from what we routinely do is good for the soul. We all need to break from any customary activity (ies) that is done repetitiously over and over without intervals throughout our lives. Not only does it clear our minds of daily clutter…but it frees our soul to swell and be well.
We need to “mix it up” with life…so routine doesn’t become drudgery but desire. Like the “Sirens” of ancient Grecian folklore…I will hear the garden calling soon…perhaps even tomorrow…but today I will mix it up and plan adventures that I don’t routinely consider during the week. Opening our five senses to unexpected opportunities awakens the childish curiosity and sense of play in all of us.
I have discovered one thing about my garden…secretly I think the flowers and trees have enjoyed my absence as much as I have enjoyed theirs…sometimes distance does make the heart grow fonder. The garden looks better now, in my eyes, than when I was there two or three times a day messing around in it. The garden has flourished without me during this little hiatus.
So until tomorrow…
*Cindy Ashley stopped by to pick up the second book in the Louise Penny series…I gave her a “Honey flower vase.” The gift that keeps on giving.
Congratulations to Mollie who just got promoted to Executive Director of Beautycounter Momma!
We are so proud of you. Way to go!
Ensuring safety in all their products…the family has fun trying on products!