Island life - Yesterday afternoon, we walked about a mile-and-a-half through the woods to visit neighbours.
We picked up the keys for the gallery,
had a tour of the gorgeous house they are building themselves (like really physically building),
laughed and told stories,
played with the dogs,
were given a dozen eggs as a gift because the hens were out doing themselves, and
then we walked home
which is when I took this photograph.
This morning, I was browsing the news about hurricane Florence, Premier Ford considering the notwithstanding clause to downsize the Toronto city council and how Trump never helped anyone out of the rubble during 9/11. Then I ask myself - did I really need to know any of this?
I am not in the way of the hurricane.
There are lawyers and politicians and citizens of Ontario that need to resolve their dispute - it is a place and situation where I have no voting power or influence of any kind.
And what Trump did or didn’t do during 9/11 is of no consequence compared to what he may or may not do today.
However, as I crack open each one of those eggs, I will think of our friends. I will see their comfort and pride of place, I will hear them telling us fondly about something the other had accomplished. I will see the smile on my husband’s face as he engages with the dogs and joins into the conversation while sometimes gently teasing me about reminding him of his own general contractor experiences when we renovated his family home.
I will remember every time I walk through these woods how the light falls just so at certain times of the year.
In these moments, I am reminded that there is enough, I am enough - just how I am and just how we are.
These moments will matter ten years from now. They are the times that keep us whole, healthy and resilient. These times give us hope, love, compassion and acceptance.
These simple hours of joy, companionship and reflection were plucked out of long lists of things that need to be done.
We need these moments more than ever. May you find yours and hold them close, creating a harmony of experiences beyond the worries and terrors of terminal illness, climate change, rogue politicians, wars, brutal dictatorships and famines. These aspects have always existed together, tumbling and overlapping in our everyday lives.
So accept your gifted dozen eggs from a neighbour and crack each one purposefully with a full heart and open mind. In this way we will live in a better place and live a better life, no matter what else we must address.