Creating beauty where I live: inside and especially, creating gardens in every one of the many rental place I have lived in the past 10 years.
Teaching children for the past 40 plus years, with all my energy and affection, my determination for them to succeed, my love for books and nature, and my sense of humor. They have contributed to me in more ways than I probably realize, and I hope that I have contributed to them as well.
On my way to New Hampshire after a hectic week.. I will be hiking in the hills and being in lots of fresh green-ness..
I want to be alive and living as though I am always having an adventure. Enjoying and delighted with what and who is around me.
Sometimes, just going through it, and then it shifts, or there is unexpected light.
And sometimes I do turn away from it.
It’s a new day. I have the whole day ahead of me to create. No school teaching today.The birds are singing out there. It’s cloudy and may rain. Which is good. I’m grateful for the past few grey rainy days, since we needed rain.
Maybe I’ll the the bus to Mount Auburn cemetery and walk around. Then go to the local plant store and pick up some portulaca.
In the context of yesterday’s question about nature and gratitude.
Here I am in Vermont, visiting my friend who lives in a clearing in the woods.
There are situations in my life that are frustrating and disheartening. I woke up to them on my mind.
And then there are the bird calls outside my open window. And now, sitting on the large wrap-around deck, I am surrounded by tall trees in different shades of light green. And the sunlight is spreading over different parts o...
And then there are the bird calls outside my open window. And now, sitting on the large wrap-around deck, I am surrounded by tall trees in different shades of light green. And the sunlight is spreading over different parts of the trees.
I will get a chance to walk, to jump into the cold refreshing brook; to eat a meal cooked by me and my friend; to sit down together to eat it.
And though I have to leave to return to the city and my busy life tonight, I get to drive across Route 2, the tree-lined green Mohawk Trail.
So I am lucky.
All my many, many residential moves in the Boston area in the past 30 years certainly have strengthened my capacity to adapt to different places for sure! Although this adaptation has made me feel rootless.
“Growing in the face of challenges”? I immediately think of my students and young people I have taught over the years. They are the ones who challenge me to grow in a way I can take in and accept much more readily than being challenged by adults. That brings out my resis...
“Growing in the face of challenges”? I immediately think of my students and young people I have taught over the years. They are the ones who challenge me to grow in a way I can take in and accept much more readily than being challenged by adults. That brings out my resistance! But then I think of the teachers and staff I work with, especially now during the past year of the pandemic. Their determination, cheerfulness and let’s-get-on-with-it attitude has pulled me along to grow. Not the least in being able to teach little kids via Zoom!
two new activities recently in following my curiosity: My online Zoom class the other night with a local bird expert! My signing up for a local hiking meetup up with energetic, fun people. Both have given me a mental and emotional boost.
I am now going for a morning walk down by the Charles River. Maybe I will see some interesting birds I have not yet seen.
All the small and larger activities I try are motivated by curiosity really.
When I am grateful, I can see beauty around me. It matters because it opens me to the world around me, and to my interactions with others. I notice and am awake to delight in the moment. It matters because it makes life richer and happier and
And if I am happier I can spread that to everything and everyone around me.
That I am actually working as a public school teacher. Did not think 20 years ago, that I would be this “settled” as a mature, older woman. So feel lucky.
Mission or task? Well, for a while now, it has felt more like a task. I would like it to be an adventure, more than a mission.
Not sure that it is life changing for me to contemplate this. Maybe at some point, when I am more enlightened…
However, it is a reminder that we are all born as helpless babies, no matter our station in life, we all have human needs, and will all die.
I am appreciating the personal responses. I need to hear specifics, not abstract generalities for the questions we are asked here.
Yes, being vulnerable calls for wisdom and judgement. I can very easily hide my hurt in stoicism or anger. But sometimes my sadness has comes out spontaneously, in a way that I could not control, and in a way that was necessary. Last year, during the early months of the pandemic, I was on a Zoom staff meeting, and during the routine “check-in” p...
Yes, being vulnerable calls for wisdom and judgement. I can very easily hide my hurt in stoicism or anger. But sometimes my sadness has comes out spontaneously, in a way that I could not control, and in a way that was necessary. Last year, during the early months of the pandemic, I was on a Zoom staff meeting, and during the routine “check-in” period, I ended up in tears during my share, which I had not planned to do!. The rest of the staff did not say much, but I felt their warm, understanding and support.
I remember years ago, feeling distraught and beside myself one Sunday, and not knowing how to deal with my strong feelings. A woman from my Quaker Meeting who did not know me, approached me, and commented that I looked so sad. She sat with me for the next hour, and listened to me, just listened to my grief and upset. I will never forget being listened to so deeply. It was deeply comforting to be heard with compassion.
When I am in difficult relationships and conflict, I often so much need to hear the person I am in conflict with show me their hurt and pain. It’s not easy because it makes one vulnerable and “weak” in a way. But then I have the opportunity to respond with compassion and understanding.
Because I look back and see how it has been so far.
I need to do something different, see my life differently. Or go on an adventure!
Like your honesty.
I like this answer.
Yes, I think that about the pandemic as well.
Thanks, but also too much advice here. And how did you answer this question for yourself?
Can you give a specific example?
I like that you do something that your parents liked to do. A creative way to honor them.
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