The Timber Management crew came. With them came pickups, trailers, chain saws, ropes, a big chipper, and lots and lots of noise. At first it was exciting, then it got kind of sad, and then I had to go in the house. All of my life I have planted trees. Now, I am the one who marked the trees that needed to come down. I couldn’t watch. The end result was surprising. It looks good and I hardly notice that any trees are gone. Where we cut down brush, it looks open and clean. I have to say – I like it. Then came the best part. I planted 9 new trees (ones that don’t burn easily) in strategic places and even put up anti-deer fencing around them. The gutters are clean. All that is left to do now is to put up some ember screens over the vents in the roof.
Life is full of new beginnings. That’s how it works. That’s how grief works too. We start with the little things we can handle and we keep going. We have to give ourselves plenty of time. Then along comes a wedding or a new baby and we rejoice. Life offers a never ending circle of love if we allow ourselves the beauty and joy of joining up.
We have a responsibility to be happy too because we affect those around us. It is too easy to be a grump. Don’t let yourself be one of those. Put a smile on your face. Show the world your inner strength. Make it a goal to find one kindness you can do each day for someone else. (Smiles count for this too.) You might be surprised at how easy this becomes because of the joy that will come back to you, and then you will realize you are in fact, already a part of the circle.