Hello, my friends!
It’s been two months since my last blog and I apologize for not staying in better touch. I have to be honest and say, since March 18, 2020, my life as I once knew it, seems to have been forever changed. This is the day I went into quarantine in an attempt to escape this current pandemic.
Like most of you, I believed this was a two-week commitment, at best, three weeks. I admit that I put my life on hold, thinking this was short term, and my part in attempting to flatten the curve. I thought I was doing the right thing, continuing to write every day, taking care of my family, and maintaining relationships from a distance. I even took up gardening using supplies that I already had around the yard, and repurposing things to make something new.
Well, that didn’t work-out quite like I expected. Two weeks, turned into thirty days then, sixty and more! Every month I found myself having to renew my commitment to my part in fighting this virus. What I hadn’t been doing was managing my stress, that was slowly simmering. Have you ever heard the expression, You Reap What You Sow?
If you’ve heard of this saying, maybe like me, you’ve associated this quote as meaning something negative, that if you cause trouble, trouble will also find you, or that you’ll get what you deserve. But someone recently said (Okay a year ago and it took this long for me to get it!) that our lives are like a harvest. We knowingly, and unknowingly plant seeds for our life.
If you plant healthy seeds, i.e. working on staying positive, maintaining healthy non-toxic relationships, focusing on things you can change, and releasing the things you cannot, this is called nourishing and tending to the soil, which is you. In four to six months, you’ll reap what you’ve sown, and that is a healthier, positive life.
But, if you choose to plant bad seeds, such as, negative thinking, maintaining toxic relationships, focusing on negative issues that you may not be able to change today, tomorrow or ever, you will be harvesting a poisonous crop in the months to come.
Whichever crop you find yourself planting, remember, these seeds will reseed themselves over and over again with very little work from you.
This morning, I’ve looked at my crop that I’ve been planting since March 18, and I see the unhealthy seeds that I’ve planted in my garden since that day. Time to do some weeding! They must be removed in order for a healthier harvest.
I know many are struggling, whether it’s the pandemic, money, a loss due to ravishing wildfires, the fear of the pending election, or health/family issues. You are not alone, although it may very much feel like it. Even if you don’t have the strength to specifically ask for help, reach out to someone healthy, it may even be someone that you barely know, and that might be the very reason he or she is there, unknowingly waiting for your call. Think of your life as the most important crop that you can tend to, that when healthy, strong and plentiful, it is able to nourish not only you, but so many others.
On a lighter note, I am working every day to bring you my next two novels, Gideon’s Wish, currently in the hands of my editor, and Hawthorne Manor is near completion of the first draft. Both of these books are refreshingly new topics, with a plethora of vibrant and hilarious characters that for sure will keep you entertained for hours. Just between you and me, the two books were actually at one time, one story, that became so complex, the characters had to be divided like fighting children, and sent to their own rooms, one room being Gideon’s Wish, and the other being Hawthorne Manor. Both of these books deal with a moral dilemma, but they also reflect what is good in people, that there are decent, kind, and loving people still in this world, and those are the ones that deserve our time and energy.
Until next time, please stay safe my friends.
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