28 September 2008

Seeing the Horizon...

Ocean sailing
Originally uploaded by booksnyarn
Sometimes, I am not very good at seeing what the Path is like in front of me. I am too busy trying to make sure that I get to the horizon, that far off goal where your road meets the sky, the end of the rainbow, the gold ring from the merry-go-round.

This has always been an issue for me. I have believed for a long time that I am an intelligent, quiet, focused person and that things that I have gotten in my Life that I have wanted came unexpectedly. By chance.

I have left a lot to chance, and now am finding myself reexamining many of those situations and realizing that I made those situations happen by actually doing something in the present. I got the first job I really loved - in a bookstore, surprise - by making myself known to the staff on several occasions. I found the kind of friends I wanted by being in the spaces and places I love - theaters and bookstores and libraries. That Love is not owned, but given freely, and part of that freedom is watching the ones you love go be something they cannot with you.

I am reminded again and again how I am bound to this Earth in spiritual worship by gardening and hiking, hugging trees and sitting on the porch in the rain. Making sure my bare feet touch the ground each day.

Otherwise I find myself disconnected, falling into sadness and wanting someone to come save me from the crisis I created in the first place. I know that most of my friends are scattered over the world, that measured time seems to move faster than anything else. And truthfully, many of those people I wouldn't talk to unless I reach out and share myself. But people have to share their energy to survive. The spiral goes in both directions - and it cannot be recharged and given without getting some back, somewhere, from someone.

So, sometimes it is nice to look to the horizon, to know that you are going somewhere and enjoy the view. However, the horizon never is a stopping point, and you need to make sure to see what is around you to stay on the right Path.

Enjoy the journey, it's what Life is.

01 September 2008

Outdoor Labor

What else would we be doing today? Laundry, dishes, vacuuming, groceries, goats.

Yes, I said goats - although they were the reward, not really the labor part. For the kids that is. Today we headed to Tougas Farm for some raspberry picking. This is a place we were introduced to last fall during a school vacation day at JCC and went apple picking there. For some unknown reason, I decided to volunteer as a chaperone, and ended up with six youngsters, including my own, who all wanted to go in six different directions to pick apples. All in all it was a lot of fun. I haven't been back for berry picking til now because every time I wanted to go, the fields I wanted to pick were closed. But, today they were open for raspberry picking, and I bribed - I mean rewarded - the niblets with visiting the animals and playground for their assistance.

And we were successful with over seven pounds of raspberries now sitting in colanders in my sink. It's really time to decide what kind of jams I want to try canning with all the berries I have gotten. I have marked two or three recipes in The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving and with a couple more ingredients I should be good to go.

Until then, let me share today's fun:

Not a bad way to spend a gorgeous day. Enjoy!