The day was dismal - or it could have been but I strive to keep the sunshine in my heart! As people always say, "Hey I woke up and put my feet on the ground - now isn't that a lot to be grateful for?!? Today I had to go and select some of friend Pat's quilts - we are hanging an exhibit in her memory at Cold Spring Village quilt show last weekend in June. She was a gentle spirit - always with the sunshine in her heart and up until her last days, we were talking about going to the new ice cream shop in Pitman when she came home!! We shared optimism and belief that everything works out as it needs to. I have such gratitude for having had Pat in my life for as long as I did!!
When I left her husband, Jim, with bags of quilts and stories and photographs, the sky got darker and darker - I was anticipating the rain and actually excited about the possibililties of photographing the water coming down!! I pulled over to the side of the road and was STILL - you know - BE STILL and SEE and that I did. I was safer that way too because I doubted I could have seen through the torrents of rain.
Arriving back in Pitman, I challenged myself to go and look for more Lillies - I challenged the BE STILL group to create an album of lillies with me on Facebook. I was lucky! I discovered a number of different colors and it was dry enough to see them all. I also saw beautiful gardens and the echinacaea in the midst of it just reminded me to BE OUTSTANDING IN YOUR FIELD...never be concerned to stand alone and stand tall. Never be afraid to be different - to be yourself. Now didn't she complement the other flowers? It's all about unity and diversity everywhere I look. Later in another garden, there was yet another lone echinacaea and she too was proud of who she is!!WOO HOO!! Maybe today this flower reminded me of Laughter, Song and Dance - and she is a healng herb too. Brene Brown talks about Letting Go of Being cool and always in control. Ms. E has let it go - she is laughing with her friends and they are engaged in a dance of relationships that only they and their spirit devas of the garden can truly understand.
We are quiet observers of the energies around us in the gardens and for this we truly just need to be still friends. Or maybe the message is to Let Go of Anxiety and Be Calm and Still. You choose - either one can work as long as we embrace who we truly are!
Before we finish - meet Pat and Jim!!