Saturday, August 1, 2009

August - First Harvest

In the Middle Ages, the Saxons celebrated a holiday called Lammas ("Loaf-mass") on August 1. It was a celebration of the first harvest of the season; and a farewell to summer, as the days began to shorten.

In honor of today's harvest theme, we enjoyed a dinner full of goodness from our local Farmers' Market: bell peppers, zucchini, squash, salad greens, tomatoes, radishes, harvest grain bread, (and a peach cobbler still in the oven).

In the abstract, it's a good day to reflect on what I am harvesting from the past year's spiritual "crop." This has been an odd year. We lost both of Tony's parents, and both of mine have needed to come under our care. Tony retired, which has been a major lifestyle adjustment for us both. We moved to a new home in a very different community and environment from where we'd been living for the past 25 years.

In light of all these changes, I think that what I've "sown" this year has been to learn the attitude of living in the present. Nothing is certain. Life brings many changes, most of which are beyond my control, and instead of worrying or resisting, I'm learning to embrace the many wonderful things that are in my life now. This newly-discovered attitude of acceptance is something I want to nurture and cultivate.

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8 comments:

anne bebbington said...

A philosophy that would serve us all well to adopt, it puts me in mind of this prayer with which I reckon you can't go far wrong:

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Sheila said...

Thanks for sharing the thought process; it made me smile after all you've been through.

Auntie Em said...

What a wonderful way to look at things, especially after all the upheavals you have had this past year.
I think you already have a gift for noticing and appreciating the little things in life. I have always enjoyed reading your lists of "gratitudes". You inspired me to start my own gratitude journal and become more mindful of the small moments in life that we often overlook. Thank you for sharing.

Piecefulafternoon said...

A good reminder for all of us - as we face the unknown. Sometimes I wish I knew the future - and then again I'm certain I'd be more cowardly if I actually did know it. It is good to be present right now - thanks for the reminder.

Elaine Adair said...

OMOGosh - I am now REALLY hungry! What a beauty of a photo!

black bear cabin said...

Dinner looks fantastic...got any leftovers :)
what a lovely celebration...thanks for sharing!

Texan said...

I agree with Anne your new thinking reminded me of the serenity prayer too, which I just love though I am not the best at always following it...

I really like your new home :O)...
Rabbitstitchings/my new blog name is Texan

Beth said...

Hope you're settling in to your new digs up there!