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.