Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.~Dalai Lama
For the next few days I’ve decided to stop thinking so much and just live life. By doing so I hope to uncover the path that I’m supposed to travel next, in this new chapter of my life.
In keeping with my “don’t think too much” goal, I thought I’d share what my morning was like through photos. By paying attention to my routine I realized that I have much to be thankful for just in how my life is now… I have to admit that I’m very fortunate when I’m not feeling sorry for myself!
And It Begins
My wife leaves for work at 5:30 am… She’s an English teacher and her school is an hour away. I WAS getting up with her and starting the day early, but the last couple weeks I’ve been sleeping in ’til 7.
Doug didn’t want to get up so I left him in bed… He’s a lazy monkey…
After making my daughter’s lunch and chasing her out the door to school with a broom I headed outside to do the morning chores.
Max and Sasha were waiting for me… They follow me around the yard and act like they’re helping.
The first thing the cats and I did was water the gardens. we have various beds, pot and plots scattered around our property and watering them can be a pain.
Not this morning though… I feel fortunate to have the space to grow so much.
Max acts like a supervisor and thinks he’s directing the watering operation.
I had to water Sasha along with the plants because she thinks the raised beds are her personal litter box… I don’t think she figured out I was in control of the stream of water that blew her off her toilet…
Everything is growing well… It’s Florida so this isn’t really a testament to any great gardening ability. Some deer got into our cucumbers and ate the leaves off… again. I’m not sure what to do to keep them out of the yard at night. Max thinks we should forget about the cucumbers and eat the deer…
After the watering was done the chickens needed attention…. Food, water and being let out into their yard put the egg machines in order. Six eggs were waiting to be collected…
We used to let them out to roam all day but we can’t now. They trekked over to the neighbor’s property and started leaving messy chicken gifts on their front porch. I still think it’s kind of funny but for now they can’t be out without supervision… Maybe later, you tiny feathered dinosaurs.
I’m pretty happy with my life when I’m not worrying about “what’s next?”. There’s an easy flow and purpose to it that I’m grateful for when I take the time to acknowledge it…
Once the chores were done I put on my sneakers and headed into the preserve for my morning walk.
As I was walking up the driveway I noticed that the orange blossoms have fallen off… We now have tiny oranges in their place!
It’s good to take a break from thinking and planning and just enjoy the life we have… Being present and appreciating our fortune, and we all have things to be thankful for, leads to contentment.
I’m content with my life. I think I’ll just live it for a couple more days. Then, maybe my mind will be clear enough to decide what else I want to do to enhance the treasures that I already have…