It's the end of 2017 and I've been sitting here reflecting on this year's high points. My daughter Caroline, the youngest, graduated with honors from NC State. In June we sold my husband's business, which might not sound like much, but in fact it was a big deal because, for me, it brought a profound sense of freedom, a weight was lifted. In November, when I could have been planting bulbs and digging and splitting dahlias at the farm, I traveled to Bellingham, WA, instead, gratefully tagging along with my sister and niece. I left a piece of my heart in Bellingham and came home with a renewed appreciation for travel. In addition to the highs, there were some low points. I experienced a home invasion and the theft of personal property including my husband's cremains which were never located. That was hard! But I am grateful because it could have been much worse.
Above all, I've learned some simple life lessons - among them:
Less is very much more. Getting rid of unnecessary possessions has been such a positive thing. It is incredible the amount of junk that accumulates, if you let it.
Little things matter. My husband understood this better than anyone. I have learned to appreciate small gestures and random acts of kindness.
Slow down. I don't mean working less but more to the point, taking time to focus and make every encounter count with ears and eyes wide open.
Recently my Mom handed me a written note that included the following message which I believe fits in perfectly with a New Year:
"One day at a time, this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone. And do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering!" ~ Ida Scott Taylor
Are you or someone you know planning a Spring wedding? The farm's peonies bloom April through May. If you are local and need flowers, please get in touch (336-706-3235). It's not too early to reserve them. I wish you the very best in 2018.