Thursday, our house was officially stained and it looks beautiful!!! Oh you just can't imagine what a change it makes in how the whole place looks.
While the people were outside staining the house I was inside working on my herb courses. For years I've scoured numerous resources for herbal information and have managed to school myself in herbs. I wanted, just once, to try and find a place where I could get some interaction and someplace that could perhaps help me to put everything together, all my knowledge - I guess, making sense of it all, becoming cohesive. I'm not sure yet if it will be of benefit to me or not; but even if I gain an ounce of information that I didn't have before, it will be worth it. I started my classes several months ago and then when I went to work I just wasn't finding the time to do it all anymore. I laugh when I say this but I don't think that age has a thing to do with it this time. I think I've just got too many irons in the fire and need to set priorities. I'm always trying to tell people to slow down, to stop and smell the roses - grow, make and sip your cup o' tea - but dear friends, I was speeding like a train down a track that was going to derail if I didn't get a handle on things. I simply "made" myself take my own advice and now I actually wake up a little more inspired. Hey, I can even dream a little again - and I'm a confirmed dreamer, never totally content in the moment. On top of that I feel better and that's worth a lot. I tell you all this because it's not actually necessary for you to make the same mistakes that others make. Learn from others. Make it a lifetime goal that as you study and strive to accomplish those things you feel you must achieve . . . to be watchful, keep your eyes open and your mind and your heart attuned to what is going on around you. Be awake, alert, and maybe, just maybe you can make your road traveled a little less bumpy, a little less dusty and a road paved with more than just good intentions.