“Don’t waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hours duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.”
*Ralph Waldo Emerson
As I looked for a picture to sum up Mr. Emerson’s wise words, this was first to pop up in my gallery. I decided to look no further. Our entire world is in a state of doubt and fear, and rightly so. January 1st was so bright and shiny and full of hope. 2020!! Perfect Vision!! The future so bright, we needed sunglasses. Now, a scant three months later, the planet is in quarantine and Mother Earth is on bed rest. Our health is at risk and our economy is in shambles.
But… this too shall pass. History has proven this, though I know that doesn’t really help in the immediate crisis we have been thrust into. Nerves are frayed with worry about everything from our children’s education to our house payment. No kidding, it’s scary. But… this too shall pass.
Look at my photograph. A wonderful old barn, a pasture, a stream. My hubby grew up here and our kids splashed in these cool waters. It’s easy to imagine these as simpler times. To be sure, there wasn’t a world wide pandemic going on, but there were ups and downs, joys and tragedies. We pulled together and made it through, as I know we will this time. Read the quote again. “…spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hours duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.”
Spend yourself on yourself today. The ‘right performance’? That is whatever is right for you, right now. Today. Whether it is a project long put off until you had time, or just changing from jammies to jeans and a t~shirt. Savor the break from the hamster wheel we are constantly spinning on. Take care of yourself.