“The Ides of March” yes, they bloweth through. From what we see on the Weather Channel, it is not just Alaska that has 60mph winds, but so does the East Coast. I’m sure they appreciate the snow we sent to go with the wind!
I am mesmerized watching the spruce, cottonwood and poplar trees bend and sway together in simplicity and in sync, as if they were one. I find myself gazing a bit longer than planned, as the boughs are lifted hither and yon. Soon, a pair of eagles join in the sway, high overhead.
The whistling sound of the wind startles Bubba Grump, the dog. He wanders from room to room, finally settling in front of the crackling woodstove. The sights and sounds are simple acts of nature, reminding us the wind, like the seasons, have marked the days since time began.
After watching the wind blow and eagles soar, I remind myself to walk in the simplicity Bill and I have chosen as our standard. I will work unhurried, with soft instrumental music accompanying the sounds of the wind. As I dig deep it will be with purpose, embracing the quiet moments, humbled by all I have been blessed by.
I will remind myself to stop every so often, to look outside for the eagles as they soar high above the swaying trees, framed by the snow covered Talkeetna Mountains.
I have come to a place in my life where I am ever grateful that we have chosen simplicity in our lives and in our home the last 40+ years. We have worked hard to not succumb to the ‘busyness’ of the world. While some of our lifestyle has been dictated by circumstance, “Simplicity” and “Peace” have been and are a choice, even on our busiest of days. And for that, I am forever grateful.
Blow on “Ides of March”!
Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.