|Accidental Snap Dragons – Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2012|
This afternoon, I felt a sudden, inexplicable urge to go outside and lay on the grass. I don’t know where it came from, but I felt as if my body craved the scent and sensation. So, being that I was home from work with nothing else to detain me, I went outside and sprawled out on the front lawn for a little bit. It felt wonderful. My back was against the grass – cool with a hint of moisture. I faced the sky and felt the warm sun. I felt so relaxed.
I rolled toward my garden and admired all the treasures. The lemons slowly plumping up; the accidental snap dragons growing through the mulch; the ripening tomatoes; the striated zucchini. Some lyrics from Disney’s Pocahontas – “Colors of the Wind” – came to me:
Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest
Come taste the sunsweet berries of the Earth
Come roll in all the riches all around you
And for once, never wonder what they’re worth
This month has been particularly stressful with regards to money. Going outside to enjoy nature and behold the harvest reminded me what real wealth is. Money is important, of course, in the society that we have. I still need it to survive. But whenever I start to worry about not having enough, I need to stop and enjoy what I already have.