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Carving Out Time…

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Carving out time…

My daughter and I recently ventured out west visiting 9 of Mother Nature’s wonders in 6 days. Not only were the locations magnificent, but the drive between each was equally as peaceful and beautiful. These wonders included National Parks, State Parks, Conservation Areas and one located on the Navajo Nation.

As I reflect on the vastness and digest the magnitude of years it took to create each, I am reminded that while each is spectacular in its own way, one thing they all have in common is time. It took time and patience to form the wonders we see today.

Time and patience do not always come easy for me. I tend to rush to judgement when I get off track. Is this something you do as well? Does this rush to judgement keep you from moving forward? I know I find myself letting it push me off track. It will take too long to get started again… I don’t have the time to give it… I have let it sit too long. These are some of the self-doubt chatters that can keep me from moving forward. This trip, these parks, these wonders, have reminded me that time is only an enemy if I allow it to be. I am reminded that each bit of time given is valuable whether it be large blocks or small blocks. Any amount of time will keep me moving forward. I am also reminded to be patient with myself. Patient when I encounter obstacles that can derail or delay my journey. Obstacles are inevitable, moving around them to continue forward is the task.

With this in mind, I will work to practice patient and forgiveness with myself when I get off track. I will work to remember that great journeys require time and patience. The important thing is to keep moving forward, to keep carving out time.

I am excited to see where this journey will take me…

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This got me to thinking…

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In walking the pups around the yard this morning, I was excited to see a few sprouts on a hydrangea bush I’ve been nursing. This got me to thinking…

First, you should probably understand its journey. In preparation for an upcoming move two years ago, a number of rose and hydrangea bushes were placed into pots. While the rose bushes have been flourishing in their new habitat, the hydrangea have struggled. The first season passed without much hope of survival and yet I continued to water… Spring brought buds and growth to one hydrangea which is now thriving. With a renewed optimism I decided to move two others from their shaded spots to another partial sun area. Immediately after the move one of the bushes became over run with ants sending it into shock. After sprinkling granules which extinguished the colony of ants, the little bush did not look like it would survive the move. Again I continued to water…

The pictures reflect the first bush as it evolved this Spring to now thrive, the bush which moved quietly and has been making a comeback, and the third little bush which after becoming over run with ants went into hiding and now with much nurturing has decided to reappear!

Back to, this got me to thinking… This got me to thinking about the power of faith! Faith that the roots would take ahold. Faith that even though I could not see the happenings beneath the soil they were happening none the less. What if this type of unknowing faith and subsequent grace were to be extended to mankind? To one another? This got me to thinking… about random acts of kindness, about awakening a sleeping soul, about extending grace to one whose struggles you do not understand.

This got me to thinking…