Last night Chris and I took a walk at a place not too far from our farm called The Banks, which is BLM land. This place always takes our breath away for it’s beauty, and we always feel very lucky to have places like this all around us where we live to go for an evening walk or take a bike ride…you know…soak in the nature place. Right now these places are really stunning because we have been getting some monsoon rains and everything is greening up beautifully.
The week has been filled with reminders of how precious life is and how much we should be careful to not take it for granted. These kinds of lessons arrive in many ways, some really good and some challenging…all are to be taken with the utmost seriousness.
The reminder of how precious water is is a lesson that we engage in on a daily basis here. Drought has been very harsh for us for a long time, and although I’m not sure that the drought is broken, the monsoon rains of the past two weeks have left things refreshed and invigorated. Top that off with a delivery of irrigation water this week to fill our ponds and it all feels like a tremendous gift.
I am being reminded a lot of late that it is very important to be mindful and present with my life. To be wary of things spinning out of control and getting caught up in that to the point that I lose sight of what is truly important in my life. It is just too easy to let outside factors, like work or money, and sometimes even people (to name only a few of those factors), dictate how to live your life. Before you know what’s happened you are doing things in your life that are not the best choices for you and your family. Sometimes things have gone so far it is difficult to put them right again, but that is simply what you must do in order to stay happy and healthy and able to enjoy the great gifts that life presents each and every moment. I don’t think it is something that requires blame or beating yourself over the head about, because things happen. What is important is to “get it” and “fix it” and stay focused on that until the balance is back in place and becomes second nature to how you live your life.
So, the past two weeks have been filled with reminders for us of what is important in our lives here…what is important in my life and Chris’ life, be that nourishing rains that make farming a bit easier, taking walks instead of working late, setting boundries for myself to keep my life circumstances in a good place. Sometimes it’s about saying yes more often. Other times it’s about being strong enough to say no and be ok with that. It’s about enjoying delicious food and good music, reading a good book. And one of the best things is making time to visit with important people in your life. I did that today when my oldest friend, Janiece, (from our kindergarten days) and her partner Tammy spent the day here visiting, sharing stories, laughing and doing what is most important…enjoying life!
I saw this frog enjoying it’s life circumstances at the edge of the newly filled pond this evening. I think this frog knows a few things I could probably learn like how to really make the best of your life and be content. I’m going to try to “get it”.