Or maybe this should be titled “life gets in the way”…
With the first day of Spring just past and Easter just around the corner, it’s time to finally shake off winter (or what we call winter here in Southern California) and move forward. But I don’t think you can properly move forward without reflecting – note I said reflecting, not dwelling – on the past. So I went back to my New Year’s Day post, and came across Resilience, Rejuvenation, and Serenity. How am I doing?
Well, life gets in the way, and things have been hardly what I would call serene. I am being pulled in multiple different directions; all things I want to do but as I get older I realize that I can’t continue to do it all. Getting older is fine. For me, the difficult part is trying to accept my limitations while at the same time balancing all that I still want to accomplish with the expectations that I and others place on me.
Spring is a beautiful, promising time of the year – to me even more so than January 1. My garden is doing wonderfully. The daffodils are in bloom. I’ve already harvested some baby beets and kale, and have enough sugar snap peas to make lunch for my entire office building – all started from seed! Summer crops are going in this weekend and next. The nice thing about gardening here is that there is always something growing – you don’t have to wait until after the snow melts. It’s a reminder to me that we are also constantly growing – changing with the seasons and wiith the events that occur in our day-to-day lives.
So while life has gotten in the way, and I have not started the New Year in the zen-like state that I envisioned, all is good. I’m not looking back, frustrated that I am struggling to keep my “resolutions”. I’m looking back to remember what I started out to accomplish and am looking forward, knowing that I will get there.