That quote, the first time I read it I stopped in my tracks. It really hit home how true it is. No matter what you’re going through in your life right now, someone is going through something uglier.
We all have our challenges, what would life be like without them? I mean, isn’t that the point of being here? To learn, to grow, to rack up points. I say the last in jest but I’ve often thought of life as a game. We’re here for a finite period of time. I believe it’s to learn and grow, to challenge ourselves and expand our souls. That some things are predetermined, such as the challenges we’re to learn, like patience, unconditional love, compassion… And the rest is just what it is, what we choose it to be.
How about some cute pictures? Remember a few days back when the geese came for a visit and I couldn’t get the photo I wanted because I didn’t want to disturb them? Well, they were back this afternoon, while I was BBQing. They didn’t seem bothered by me moving around on the veranda, going in and out of the house, nor when I came out with my camera and snapped a few pics.
We don’t usually have geese and turkeys here at the same time. Although last year we had Charlie, the single turkey who spent the summer with us. He didn’t get in the way of the geese and they didn’t seem to mind him, as long as he was hovering at the edge and not too close to their goslings. But this year, the geese are very early, no goslings are with them, and the turkeys are still around. Everyone is getting along just fine!
This evening I changed things up a little. We usually watch something while having dinner, mostly from Netflix, Prime or Disney but lately nothing is catching my interest. So tonight I clicked on YouTube and watched the first suggested gardening video.
What struck me was how genuine the vlogger was. (I’m not sure what the proper term is…host? personality? vlogger?) Anyways, I was drawn by this person’s love and passion for gardening. It seemed more like a calling than a hobby. What I appreciated was how she was sharing her journey, her gift with the world with no strings attached. Not once in the two videos I watched did she ask for viewers to subscribe or like her posts. She thanked viewers for sharing their comments, for being along for the ride, and was truly grateful for her platform.
Then I was drawn to a different poster (still not sure what to call them) who, again, had so much passion for gardening and gratitude for his viewers. Such a different vibe from most of the other videos I’ve watched. No selling just sharing knowledge and their gifts with the world. You could tell they really love what they do. Their inner lights were shining bright and it was infectious. I could feel my inner light growing, my passions igniting.
Its content like this the internet needs more of. Passionate people sharing their gifts and talents with the world, I’d subscribe to that.
One good thing to come from this pandemic is getting to know new people, like the delivery people who frequent my doorstep.
Pre-covid, I would have groceries delivered once in a while. Now, it’s a bi-weekly event. I actually look forward to seeing and getting to know the driver. It started off with a shy hello and thanks. Now we’re up to a casual conversation about the quality of the paper grocery bags.
Then there’s the UPS guy. He’s been around since the spring when I was building my computer. Every payday I would order a part and it was usually delivered by UPS. Now, it’s been a slower process with this driver as he’s a bit surely. I would greet him with a smile and big hello. He would grunt and leave the box.
This went on for months until one day I wasn’t feeling cheery so he took over the greeting and started a conversation. The most animated I’ve seen him is when the turkeys were scattered all over the yard. He was fascinated and had lots to say.
I’ve also gotten to know my post lady. She delivered some of my computer parts too and we’ve met up at the community box. Now we wave to each other as she drives by.
Life is beautiful and fleeting and it’s these small moments when you connect with another human being that life is all about. Sharing a smile, a positive word or simply acknowledging another’s existence.
A cute video of the wild turkeys running across my backyard this morning. They are running to my neighbour’s house, who feeds them every morning: