We are all eager to experience an end to the pandemic; to travel, to head to the beaches and pools, to go to concerts, Broadway shows, eat at restaurants and for runners to resume racing events. But it's not quite time yet.
While vaccinations have helped to flatten the curve, there is still much work to be done in ending the pandemic and while fatigue from this past year is real, this is the time to exercise extraordinary patience to ensure that we can successfully move forward building momentum in ending the public health crisis of the past 14 months.
I look to my garden to adopt the pace of nature.
Last October we bought bulbs and planted them deep in Mother Earth in our yard. I've been taking photos of the progress of our garden watching how, with the ebb and flow of temperatures, the flowers close and halt growth and then resume growth slowly preparing to open the flowers in all of their glory. Here's the latest phase of the garden's growth:
It goes at its own pace and we patiently and eagerly anticipate when it will be in full bloom.
We adopted the pace of nature when we did jigsaw puzzles during the pandemic and I composed this poem:
Pieces of the Puzzle from "Hope is a Garden:Poems and Essays From the 2020 Pandemic":
When pieces are scattered and nothing seems to fit
that’s the time to pause breathe and sit.
It all will make sense with a tincture of time
although in the present there’s no reason or rhyme.
Little by little let Spirit guide
Divine is always present right by our side.
Out of chaos uncertainty beauty comes into view
abundance Well-Being are all here for you.
Broken into pieces only an illusion you’ll see
wholeness and happiness Source’s wish we will be.
Beings belong to earth sun and sky
mystery abounds no need to fear and ask why.
Create not react be patient let go
all is revealed all that you need to know.
Such exhilaration when the final piece takes its place
all now revealed in life’s sacred space.
Ruth Anne and I have one more vaccine shot aka our "wellness shot" and then have to be patient for two weeks after that before getting together with our friends who are fully vaccinated.
We are so close to being able to emerge from the pandemic safely resuming activities that add extra zest to life.
We just need to adopt the pace of Mother Nature. Her secret is patience.
From my heart to yours
In health and wellness
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