It is in our hands to create a better world for all who live in it. How gardening has helped our family become more grounded.
These little busy dirty hands will never look like this again. They will grow and perform other jobs. Perhaps as a dancer or a doctor or even a construction worker. They will cuddle a newborn baby, cook meals, wash dishes and maybe even race cars. These hands will never again be the same.
“Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.”
It has been an adventure practicing social and physical distancing during this epidemic. It has caused us to reevaluate how we spend our time. Gardening is one of the few things we all love to do. From picking out garden designs to building our very first 14 ft garden to germinating seeds indoors. All these things we have never done before. We have gone to the garden shop, bought the pre planted pots and just watered them, but that's about it. This time we really needed to do our research and make decisions based on our needs. Gardening has reminded us to ask the basic questions about our everyday life. Who, what and why. We had to reduce and reuse as we are confined to the home. That got me thinking.
What if ..
What if ... The virus is here to help us? To reset. To remember. What is truly important. Reconnecting with family and community. Reducing travel so the environment, the skies, the air, our lungs, all get a break. Parts of China are seeing blue sky and clouds for the first time in forever with the factories being shut down. Working from home rather than commuting to work (less pollution, more personal time). Reconnecting with family as there is more time at home. An invitation to turn inwards — a deep meditation — rather than the usual going out to self soothe. To reconnect with self — what is really important to me? A reset economically. The working poor. The lack of healthcare access. The need for paid sick leave. How hard does one need to work to be able to live, to have a life outside of work?
To face our mortality — check back into living life rather than simply working, working, working.
To reconnect with our elders who are so susceptible to the virus. The presence of Grace for all.
There is a shift underway in our society — what if it is one that is favorable for us? What if the virus is an ally in our evolution? In our remembrance of what it means to be connected, humane, living a simpler life, to be less impactful/more kind to our environment. It was time for a change, we all knew that. And, change has arrived.
—Gurpreet K. Gill
“Always make thyme for loved ones.”
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