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Resilience and Beauty

Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going” Yasmin Mogahed

Living off the land requires resilience in bucket loads. There will be bad weather, too much rain, not enough, too cold, too hot, wind and more wind. There will be losses, plants, animals, sanity. There will be failures, trees that don’t survive the winds, flowers that don’t bloom despite the attention and love you give them, ideas that just don’t work. I feel I’ve been tested so many times in the last 2 years I’ve lost count. Many of these experiences hurt, some still. Some have brought bruises of the body , some bruises of the ego. Many have brought tears.

I guess to be human this is the journey, life is imperfect. But imperfection is beauty.

Without the failures and losses I would not get euphoric when the tulips first burst through the soil, when from lifeless sticks spring leaves appear on the roses followed by their first amazing blooms. To lean in and smell their fragrance, to notice the busy work of the bees around the sparkling lavender bushes, and feel the sense of amazement when seeds in the glass house so carefully planted in trays, full of promise start rising towards the sun. Or to experience the shear joy on the faces of those who receiving our blooms.

Beauty feeds the soul. The stronger the soul the greater the resilience, and there is beauty in resilience. Be beautiful today.

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