Survival & Peace has been that perrenal blossom for me, it blooms anew each time I read or re-read a passage or entry. Often when I'm writing my emotions, my soul is wholly absorbed in the act and I have little remember acne of what I wrote once it's complete. It's always been like that for me, like diving into deep waters and swimming out in the current, who can remember each break of the water, each breath of air as your head rises, and yet those breths keep us alive, that water sustains us, that experience makes us, keeps us whole.
Robert Frost wrote:
No Tears for the Writer,
No Tears for the Reader,
No Surprise for the Writer,
No Surprise for the Reader.
I know this must be true. The entries which have resonated most with people, the pieces that have lead someone to place a hand on my arm, to put pen to paper, to click send on a message or comment have often been the entries that are the most emotional and poignant for me as a reader. They have been little gifts to myself I barely knew I was giving. And yet they've meant so much.
This blog has been the message of encouragement we tape to our mirrors, the note of love we place in a special drawer, the candid picture of a moment in life, and most of all a message to myself; to keep trying, to keep striving, to keep believing, to hold that feeling of knowing in my heart.
I cry each time I read an entry. I dive back into those waters anew. And they sustain me.
Today I hope that you have time to go back and read a passage, of something, somewhere, that meant something to you at one time or another. Take a breath and give yourself up to the tears, to the surprise. Plant something today and watch it bloom.
Lots of Love,
I typically use Eucalyptus & Tea Tree in a Witch Hazel base when I want to spray it on or use a roller, but more often, I warm some coconut oil in the microwave, mix in the oils, then put it back in the jar to harden.
It will stay solid at room temperature and then warm in your hands and melt right into your skin, giving you some good hydration in those spring and summer months.
A great tip for your spray repellant is that in proper amounts, eucalyptus is safe for dogs' skin so when we're headed to take a walk in an area with a heavy tick population, I apply some diluted oil to the tops of their backs and the pads of their paws. No ticks yet, and lime disease is no joke!
Enjoy the birds and the bees!