Often you’ll notice that my posts of late begin with “I remember when”. Such as when I say that I remember when I had “good” jeans without permanent mud stains on the knees. I remember when weather bothered me, I’d complain about rain or too much heat. But tonight, those things are far behind me, they don’t bother me any longer. Tonight, I’m going to start my post saying “Remember when I used to stop working at 5?”
Now at 5, I stop my corporate job and start my real one. The kids are home, homework is out and dinner needs fixing. Chickens need tending and the garden needs attention. Last night was the first time that we let the chickens out into the run, after getting them acquainted with their new coop for the last few days. They used the chicken ramp for the first time, which took them just short of forever to figure out.
Suddenly, the sun was going down, the chickens were putting themselves back into the coop and I was still digging in the garden and planting the next wave of flowers. I found the world around me falling quiet while the moon rose above the coop. Instead of packing up and quitting at twilight, I enjoyed the moments of peace and solitude. It was a moment that reminded me that I’m SO happy that I don’t stop working at 5 anymore just to sit idle on the sofa until bedtime. I am living my life the best way that I know how, finding satisfaction in quiet moments like those and enjoying the everyday magic that I’ve come to rely upon in this world.
This life also gives us the opportunity to be empathetic, reflective souls and to remind us to appreciate what we sometimes take for granted. While I tucked those flowers into the dirt under the moon, I thought of those who have lost everything in Oklahoma. People there are still searching for their children while mine were tucked safely into their beds. That is not lost on me. While I know there is little that I can do for them short of donating, I can make sure that every moment that I am with my loved ones, I appreciate them. I can be reminded every day to honor what I’ve been given by respecting my home, my life and my loves.