“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~Lao Tzu
We’re in full bloom now here in Delaware, as evidenced by leafed-out trees, colorful flower beds, and sprouts coming up in gardens. Birds are nesting and sharing their melodic songs, and we’ve even had beautiful spring weather for a whole week! Fuzzy goslings have been spotted, feral kittens are under the watchful guard of their mama’s eye, and bats can be seen celebrating the return of the insects as they scoop and dive at dusk and throughout the night.
While nature is in full swing and very busy, so too are us humans. May seems to be the craziest month of the year: yard work seems constant, outside home maintenance begins, preparation for summer vacations is under way, and if you have kids – oh boy! There are spring concerts, sports, field trips, school projects, exams, and finishing up whatever needs done before school gets out in June. Maintaining the balance during May is a bit like trying to get off your pony while on a spinning merry-go-round. Everything around you is spinning as you’re moving up and down, and it all seems to be blending together and you get sort of dizzy. At the end of the day, the merry-go-round stops to let you off so you can sleep, but you’re not sure you took care of everything, and you’re too tired to remember.
Taking a page from nature’s book at this time of year seems like wise advice. We get tied up in our daily activities and can feel overwhelmed, forgetting to enjoy the many beautiful things that are sitting right before us. Nature has a pretty big job to do that’s complicated and integrated, and yet, everything gets accomplished. Birds have time to sing, animals bask in the sun, and creatures take the time to rest. If we can allow ourselves a few moments here and there in our day to take a few deep breaths, sit in the sun for a couple of minutes, feel the breeze on our faces, and be grateful for at least one thing in our lives, we’ll find that we’ve dropped our stress levels and can be more effective and efficient in managing the tasks at hand. And if we can take care of those things with a sense of joy, all the better!
Life is meant to be enjoyed – truly it is! The hours and days are passing by too quickly without our attention. When we slow down briefly, so does our day, and we can actually squeeze in the things we need and want to do. If you’re feeling overwhelmed during this Merry (go-round) month of May, allow yourself a few moments each day to put things aside and enjoy something. Step outside and breathe in some fresh air. Hug a tree or absorb some sunlight, and realize that it’s okay to say “no” to something you don’t need or want to do.
When we take a little time to care for ourselves, we’re stronger for it and can then take care of what’s needed and we can help others too in a better frame of mind. We also then get a chance to catch those joyful moments we might have missed if we were hurrying through our day – a small rainbow in the clouds, the giggle of a child, or the smile of the clerk at the store.
Wishing you sunny skies to warm your body, fresh breezes to clear your mind, and abundant joy to fill your soul!
Love & Light,