We woke on Tuesday suddenly ready to be home. No debate, no hesitation, no disappointment. Just ready.
We all felt the farm calling us back.
So we hastily packed our things, cleaned the cabin, and set out for home just two and a half hours after waking. It was unceremonious but the perfect low-drama end to a low-key vacation.
Back home there were new ducklings to meet, enormous zucchinis to harvest, and sweet goats to love on. There was the familiar comfort of the right pillow, the favorite tea cup, and the mist painted across the hills.
We're home. Reintegrating. Catching up.
But catching up meant getting on-line and it's been a rough few weeks in the world. I felt the crushing heaviness that I often do when reading the headlines these days.
So much anger. So much fear. So much grief. So much destruction.
I'm not even sure how to process it all.
And then I pause.
And I remember that while so much of what happens in the world is out of my control, there are things I do hold in my hands. I hold my thoughts, my intentions, my actions, my choices.
And I remember the vast power that I have.
Because I alone can not control the world but I can control my words.
I alone can not end a war but I can create a home that is safe for all who enter.
I alone can not change a stranger's life, but I can change their life for a moment.
Because I have the power to create peace, safety, and love by my words and choices today.
What kind of world do I dream of? Then that is the path I will take.
Today I promise be kind.
I promise to listen.
I promise to rise above judgement.
I promise to love without condition.
I promise to go forth with an open heart and an open mind.
I promise to be a giver, a helper, a healer.
I will breathe in peace and breathe out fear.
I will breathe in calm and breathe out anger.
I will breathe in love and breathe out hate.
I will be the change.
And I will trust that in some small way it will make a difference.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." ~ Mahatma Gandhi