Sweet summer breezes flow through my window calming my mind and body. Being in the moment, any moment, even this small moment with total attention is my ongoing challenge.
Today, I look up at the cerulean sky and cotton ball clouds. And take a good deep breath. That’s all. Just that.
Because right now, with what’s happening inside my home and outside in the world, this is what I need to do. Maybe this is all I can do. Maybe this is all any of us can do.
Yes, covid cases are rising. Again. It’s scary. It’s maddening. And I really can’t do a thing about it. Yes, viruses live among us all the time. They mutate to survive.
Taking a deep breath is one thing I can do. Other things we can all do to survive is get vaccinated, use good hygiene and practice social distancing.
I’m grateful to be fully vaccinated. I’m relieved my husband and children are also vaccinated. We can see each other safely. And I can see my vaccinated friends, too.
It’s easier said than done. Right now, my kitchen has no sink, cabinets are missing and my floor is chopped up in sections of subfloor, old vinyl and laminate wood plank. This is due to a plumbing failure and water damage.
It’s been scary. I’ve had many sleepless nights. Yet, I’ve found help from family, friends and neighbors. The support and understanding flowing my way from their hearts is calming mine. Their stories, advice and helpful information gives me the strength and courage I need.
Several people have said to me this week, “One thing at a time.” This is how I can focus. Cleaning up the dust from the demo in my kitchen. Washing my dishes by hand. Making blackberry syrup for pancakes. Weeding my garden.
In the studio, I can do small things. Right here, I can glue magnets on my diversity rainbow hearts. I can take new product pictures.
I can update my Etsy shop.
I can get ready for an upcoming outdoor show.
Here on the window seat, I can rest for a bit.
Breathe in the cool breeze and savor the sunshine.