I begin writing on this day observing the breezes of the morning as they orchestrate the swaying of the branches on the trees. I watch the odd leaf dance its way gently to the ground. I listen for the almost-imperceptible singing of the birds as they circle around. The reminder is to stretch, move and greet the day with energy and motivation to make it a good one even in the face of the restrictions we are still prompted to follow. We are not yet near the finish line so it’s important not to give in to pandemic fatigue.
The first full week of 2021 has ended. I have been awake for hours. My overthinking mind is frequently distracting me from the present moment.I review past events and become anxious about what the coming days will bring. Our dog barks an alert that instantly brings me to the present. I look into what upsets her and see a neighbor walking his dog. Before I return to my writing, I take a moment to inspect my plants, digging into the dirt, removing dead leaves and tiny spider webs.
My hands get dirty but my mind becomes clear as I concentrate on the task before me. Nothing disturbs me when I am focused on my houseplants. Each new flower that appears is a confirmation that I have become a good plant keeper, something I would not have predicted just a decade ago. My modest success with orchids has encouraged my enthusiasm about these tropical plants to the point where I now have several in different colors. They are all doing well, displaying a burst of hues that increases my level of satisfaction.
Every morning I wake up with a choice of how to approach the day. We all do. In these days of political and social unrest worldwide, we are not wrongto feel vulnerable, isolated and out of control. We are having trouble seeingan end in sight despite optimism about vaccines. Some of us are taking morerisks in an effort to get back to normal. We will come out of this eventually. In the meantime, we should take advantage of all the technological ways wehave to maintain a structure and connection with our community. If possible,we should limit the time we spend watching the news. Let’s garden instead!
Have a great Sunday and a terrific, safe week, Marietta