For many years, whenever I was in the midst of something trying or difficult, I would think to myself -once I get through this then...fill in the blank with - all will be well, life will be wonderful, I will be happy, life will get back to normal, etc. At some point I realized that there was, what I now call " always something" going on and that that actually was life. Life wasn't meant to be day after day of ease and calm, that life was full of struggles, difficulties, challenges AS WELL AS beauty, peace, calm, joy and delight. That they could happen at the same time. That this Yin and Yang actually served me very well and helped me to grow and appreciate life - all of life, even the struggles.
The last two years have been filled with quite a bit of change and uncertainty for our family. We've learned many valuable lessons from this time...and, I think, we are about to learn more. ;-) The house we have been living in has sold and it is time for us to move on. I've been packing up boxes and taking this time to do some more decluttering. We're looking for a new home to tide us over until we get our farm but just now we have no idea where we'll be living in less than two months- quite a stretching lesson for a home-loving person like myself. Some months ago I came across a quote that really spoke to me. I wrote it down in my quote book and thought it would be fun to share here.
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it is about learning to dance in the rain.
Isn't that gorgeous? And so we have been busy dancing in this latest rain storm...or more accurately - skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, playing games,
(Fox and Geese Game with my folks during a visit to their place on the weekend)
celebrating birthdays, enjoying daily walks,
eating delicious pumpkin bars (with the dual purpose of using up pumpkin from the freezer in preparation for moving and they use up chocolate too!!),
along with some of the practicalities of a move such as packing - and these are just our books (dare I admit - not even all of them!)
And whenever these rains start to feel a bit overwhelming the gardener in me gently reminds myself that nothing grows well or thrives without a little rain. I hope you're able to dance in the rain as well.