The power stayed on and the babies mostly slept so I did not realize the full magnitude of the storm until this morning. My husband found our trash and recycling containers (that had been at our curb for this morning) six houses down, carried away by the rushing waters. The mulch from the path of our backyard was nearly to the front of the house. And the pond that had been empty in preparation of fixing is now full once again.
Living on a hill has advantages. While our yard may become a rushing waterfall, the water will not pool. The full story drop from our driveway to the street is reassurance against flood, at least from the front. Our home will stay "afloat" even while being fully grounded. At that, my friends, is nature's reminder for me today.
Like a tree bends in the wind while being rooted in the earth, I can be flexible and grounded. Like a boat can remain afloat while being anchored, I can ride the waves of life with trust. And like my home, I can allow the rushing waters of life to flow while still having a solid foundation in love.
I'm grateful for the lessons in last night's storm. I'm grateful to have a solid home. I'm grateful my husband found our containers. I'm grateful my daughter and fur-babies did ok through the storm. I'm grateful to trust and to have reminders from time to time. I'm grateful to be doing my best to balance being afloat and knowing I am still grounded at the same time.
What lessons is nature showing you? How do you balance going with the flow with staying grounded?
May today remind us that these two concepts are not mutually exclusive. May we blend them to create balance and find joy along the way. Have a beautiful day!