The holidays are upon us, and I don’t even know what I’m doing for Thanksgiving yet!
With my father’s recent passing, my mother’s continuing evacuation from the fires, and all of the other chaos that’s going on, I find that I’m experiencing a lot of emotion.
Last week I was awakened at 3:30 one morning by helicopters flying very low, back and forth over my house, and I knew what it meant — another fire. They were flying to the community park to refill with water, and dumping it on a fire nearby.
Fortunately it wasn’t windy, and the fire didn’t spread very far. But my fear kicked in big time, and I started to prepare for possible evacuation — again.
I had the fleeting thought that it’s not safe to live here anymore. Is anyone else feeling that way? Or have these disasters maybe strenghtened your resolve to stay?
All of these changes give us an opportunity to examine and maybe redefine our lives. Who are you now? Where do you want to live? What do you want to do? Who do you want to do it with? What brings you the most joy?
There are several places I could go for Thanksgiving, and I have to negotiate the difficult terrain of figuring out what I want to do complicated by what others want me to do. A low-key holiday sounds good to me right now — time to gather my thoughts and regroup.
Here’s something that I’d like to know. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving, in whatever way you choose to celebrate. Right now I’m thankful that I still have a home! I’m also thankful that you take the time to read my words and sometimes share your thoughts with me. It means a lot, and I so appreciate your kindness and generosity.
I’ve been looking at the painting at the top of this message a lot this week. It hangs in my bedroom, and it’s so beautiful in its subtlety. It speaks to accepting things as they are rather than struggling against change.
With love and appreciation,