Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The reason I've been pondering the simple life, is that I got the usual call from S. S. is a career woman, extraordinaire. As a matter of fact, she told me that she'd like to work four more years before retiring, so she can say she worked fifty years. Her first question is invariably, "What's on your agenda for today?" How can I explain to her that the word "agenda" is not even in my vocabulary these days. Oh, I have an occasional appointment penciled in on the calender, but the days of the five-year planner are long gone. My agenda is set when I arise in the morning. If the sky is clear and the forecast says warm, I might do up the laundry. If the weather is really hot and dry, I might spend most of the day monitoring and watering the garden (as I did on Sunday). On a blustery day, the baking is done so the heat from the oven can take the chill off the house. Or the sun shining in the window, might highlight how dusty everything has become, so an afternoon spent dusting and waxing is in order. On other days, a particularly thought-provoking Bible verse, might send me in search of answers, and I'll spend all day researching and studying every aspect of it. I never miss the opportunity to enjoy nature or am too busy to talk (not gossip). Everything gets done eventually. Everyone gets fed. In other words, I am simply living.
Simply living applies to my garden too. When I had my other blog, I once posted a picture of my front garden. I received a few comments that it looked rather "wild". I'm pretty sure the commenters didn't mean it as a compliment either! Ha! But it didn't bother me any, because that is exactly the look I was going for. The front garden is completely designed around where I can plant things, being completely netted by the roots of two old maple trees. Although I'm not the most petite petunia in the onion patch, standing atop the shovel, I cannot get it to budge into the rooted ground. So when I find a little pocket of earth, I pop a plant into it. The picture at the top of this post is one of my favorite spots. It's my back steps. It's not the most beautiful garden, but I love it the most because it was completely created by the Creator. The columbine just sprouted there and the rose rooted under the porch and found it's way to travel up the wall, hiding all the ugly mechanicals that are there.Every time I approach it, it makes me smile. A special reminder to me that He loves me and wants me to be happy. Now if I were not open to the randomness of life, I probably would have tried to remove the plants and I would have missed all this joy. There are times when we need schedules and control, but there's such happiness in simply living!