Gratitude Sunday: Ode To September

Gratitude * Sunday
Sunday’s heartfelt tradition.
A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful.
A list of gratitudes, our gratefulness feeds one another.
Quoted from Taryn Wilson
Joining the Gratitude Sunday Tradition at Wooly Moss Roots.

Sunday Haiku
National tempests,
epic fires, hurricanes, floods,
blackberries ripen.

Sunday Musings
Oh, September. Labor Day. Back to school or first day of school, new school year. Last day of summer. First day of autumn. Football. End of harvest and harvest moon. Changing schedules. The son’s birthday on the 11th. Sun rises later and sets earlier. Rarely do we have a first frost in September, but climate change is real, so you never know; this year it looks like we will be facing record high temperatures. So many transitions in September.

It’s all good. I took a self-focused break in August, concentrating on a new medical treatment, dreading a medical procedure that is thankfully over with now, and working on my body and soul with my tai chi exercises and visits to my local farmers market. I located music my soul felt nourished by: some Tibetan bells, some soft sweet Chinese tunes, and some soothing Native American flute; no lyrics to distract me. I turn the music on to build my mood and then use my body in ways it is not used to. As often as I can when the smoke level is low I take my exercises outside to do barefoot, grounded, skin to earth, intensely feeling the uneven surface of grass growing in soil. Repetition enhances learning. When I master these exercises I can move on to adding new ones. Maybe one day I will be able to do a “real” tai chi routine. Always learning.

In recent years I have given up gardening, though I think I’d like to do a small amount for fresh eating in the future. Sustainable gardens require a plan and maintenance. I’ll spend some time on that thought. I used to can and jam as well, but my back does not support me well enough any more to sustain those thoughts or activities. Farmers markets can sometimes fill the cupboards there.

I let my work commitment slide during my selfish month of August. I’m looking forward to getting back on track and completing a long-term project. I am grateful the people I work with have their own schedules and we don’t put pressure on each other toward forced deadlines. It’s the type of work I want to see as excellently done as possible before it goes out into the world. It will be worth it in the long run. Mom used to say “if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” Mom was usually right.

Everybody needs a break now and then, time to refresh, regroup, revitalize, and restore before jumping back into the fray. For some of us the fray is life itself, surviving the obstacles that seem to be daily set-backs. When we amplify that by an uncertain and un-American federal leadership in the shock and awe style many of us fear for our families and homes and livelihoods as well, not a healthful way to live. Refreshment and restoration, or rest and relaxation, whatever label you put to it, (I rarely get to take vacation away from home), that is what it takes to remain in the battle, to resist backward leadership which is our constitutional duty, to learn everything we can about the battle, and to make new strides in progression toward a more democratic nation, a helping and caring nation. All on top of our daily lives. Huge order; that’s why it’s important.

It starts at home in our own communities, with caring and taking care of each other, even if we don’t know the other, our neighbor, the stranger on the street, the homeless lady who won’t look you in the eye because she’s so embarrassed by the reduction of her circumstances. It means thinking beyond yourself, even if there are differences between us and them, whether you are wealthy or poor, though I find the more money you have the more difficult this process is. It’s great to have earned your way and want to keep what you earned, but all of us want that. Remember you didn’t get there alone, and we must all contribute our share to live in this society.

Ultimately it starts with ourselves. If we don’t take care of ourselves how can we take care of others? Be kind to yourself. Get up a few minutes early and have your coffee or tea in the quiet of the early morning, breathing the fresh air to ready yourself for the day. If you are so inclined, take a short walk or take the exercise of your choice before beginning your day. Using the body improves the mind; they work so well together. Make your bed with the most luxurious sheets you can afford, then go to bed a few minutes early and stretch your tired body against the rich material, letting go of the tribulations of the day. Treat yourself as well as you treat others. That’s the only “trickle-down” economic that works. If you feel good or well, it’s easier to help others feel the same.

So, September. Set some goals as the season changes. Make time for yourself in your schedule. Work hard and give to others because you feel good about it. Try a new recipe with the last of the summer harvest and share with your family or community. Gather your strength. Winter is coming.

Color Watch – colorful attractions in my neighborhoods this week – Fiery sunset rose. White mallow with maroon starry center. Glorious coral-ish trumpet vine flowers. Fuzzy looking soft pink spirea. Attracting yellow of moth mullein.

Current View – {These are only my opinions about movies and books, but don’t let me stop you from trying these reviewed items yourself; your opinion may differ.} Disjointed (2017, rated TV – MA) a new Netflix series with Kathy Bates as Ruth who owns Ruth’s Alternative Caring, a California cannabis store. All the stereotypical stoner humor. Guffaws are good, as is snort laughter. * House of Cards (2017, rated TV – MA) with Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey, another Netflix series. The nefarious mechanisms of manipulative politics. Yes, I know this is just fiction, however, so many people are addicted to money and power I can see reality in fiction.

Currently Reading – I’m in between fiction novels. I wanted to read one more on my summer reading list before I jump into some alternative lit better suited for dark early nights and autumn reading, so waiting for the last of my summer reading to arrive for me at my local lending library. * Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (2016, humanitarianism) by Chuck Collins. Mr Collins is one of the few authors I’ve read who offers ideas for solutions as he presents his ideas. I like ideas for solutions. Sometimes we have to try different solutions before we find the one that works. And sometimes solutions must evolve. * Mother of All Questions (2017, feminism, psychology) by Rebecca Solnit. I find Ms Solnit to be one of the premier voices of our generation. Her logic and presentation awe me. There is barely any describing her work other than a recommendation for must reads. This series of essays is about feminism, the silencing and control of women, and what’s fundamentally wrong with treating half the population of the world as unequal and inferior.

This week I have been grateful for:

  • Getting through a medical procedure I had been dreading. Glad to have it done and over with.
  • Celebrating with an ice cold Coca-cola after getting home from the medical procedure.
  • The hubster being so helpful this week: replacing the dryer hose which needs done every few years; figuring out how to place the fans so we can run the dishwasher during the hotter parts of the day without heating up the kitchen; taking me to the medical procedure where I needed sedation that required him to check me in and check me out as proof of a driver after the narcotic.
  • The luxury of a flexible schedule when I have to have a little lie down.
  • Passing the middle point in my medical treatment and getting good numbers on the reports.
  • My tai chi exercise practice. After two brief months, feeling like I’m gaining some understanding and some strength.
  • Telling myself I am getting some relief from sciatic pain from the continued practice of tai chi. At least I can turn over in bed most nights relatively pain free for the first time in a couple years.
  • Mister Kitty aka George Murphy who is my tai chi buddy. I don’t know if he is just begging for food since I’m on my feet or if he’s skimming the energy.
  • The magical feeling when the light changes obliquely in late summer.
  • Hearing the joyful noise of the first high school football game of the year through my open doors.
  • To not be living in southern Oregon (fires – the smoke travels freely and it’s worse than I ever remember) or in Texas or Louisiana (hurricanes and extensive flooding). Grieving at so much damage and heartache and for the suffering.
  • Having a few things in the freezer so I don’t have to go out to the store in the heat and smoke.
  • Water.

Hoping you have a lovely week.

Namaste. Peace. Blessings.

Floral ribbon border by Laurel Burch

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