Check that title again...It's Thursday all day and to be quite honest, that's about all I've got. And peonies. My peonies finally, and I mean finally, decided to open up...and it truly was all in their own time. Sometimes, alright...most of the time, things can't be rushed, they have their own timeline. And if 2020 has taught me anything, it is that we must be in the here and now, get real comfortable with being in the moment amid uncertainty and ever-changing circumstances that despite how much we hope and wish and pray, have their own timeline that they are operating under.
Some of this is just nature, a course of action playing out and other times it is our inability to shut it down...both the internal and external reactions we have to situations. The biggest thing I have noted this year is the volume of opinions blasting freely on social media, in person, and in print. And by volume I mean the expression of, amount of, level at which they are announced and carried out, and sometimes the lunacy of that all wrapped together in a not so neat package.
We may not have control over the length of time something takes, the ability of others and ourselves to change and transform, or the speed at which peonies bloom, but we do have control over our reactions and how deeply we allow ourselves to feel them. Take in this full quote by Marcus Aurelius, but read this line carefully...'There is never a need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can't control.'
Peonies won't bloom any faster accompanied by my opinion that they should. Nor will anyone be any more kind, approach a problem with any more intelligence, or the world hasten the effect of the certain circumstances we are in all while experiencing a rainstorm of my opinions. So instead of feeling the weight of that storm, I am going to focus on the things I know, those things I can control. I'll continue to practice kindness, pretend I have lots of patience waiting for peonies to bloom, and rest in the knowledge that all day today is Thursday... at least until midnight.
Stay...In The Moment
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