And the day came…

…when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. — Anais Nin

The above quote has been with me for a long ol’ time. Well, about six years or so. But that seems long enough.

It has made a home in my mind because every time I feel that pressure boiling, that push toward change that I can ignore no more, I recognize it truly does become more painful to remain in that closed place.

And so, I change – me or something. Cue big sigh of relief. Release.

While this experience is true for everyone, I see it lived out visually on the farm in the most natural of circumstances. Whether it be baby calves entering this muddy world or new plant life peeking through, it’s there.

South Dakota garden

Life around me changes so quickly: technology, politics, TV shows (while Country Man works in the field, I’ve been watching Murder, She Wrote at nights – far different from CSI!)… and I find quiet comfort in the slow, thoughtful growths found in farm living.

I say this tenderly, because impatient me does not always agree with that last statement.

I am grateful for change, big or small.

It makes life so beautiful.

You want my hair secrets, don’t you? Never!

Hope your day is going well.

I like you a great deal, and with my whole heart I mean that.

Unless you laughed at my style or t-shirt.

Oh, heck, I still like you anyway.


21 thoughts on “And the day came…

  1. Wow, that is pretty inspirational. I should take a tip from you. Though I am often forced to change as I continue to go back and forth from home (Toronto) to complete my Masters (in Ottawa) it gets tougher as I get older. I hate leaving one place for the other…BUT your words have suggested that I just go with it b/c as you’ve indicated it is better to continue blossoming. 🙂

  2. My daughter used to give me that advice, believe it or not. Should have been the other way around, no? I don’t know about the hair or the t-shirt, but I would love to have that young, sweet face!

  3. I laughed at your t-shirt – it’s awesome (as are you, you gorgeous thang you!)! And that quote is one that really sticks with me, too. Your plants reminded me of what Peppermeister’s got goin’ on all around these parts 🙂

  4. OMG .. you are so adorable! I love your optimism and clarity … and of course, your t-shirts and your self-deprecating sense of humor. Even though you are beautiful, it’s great that you pretend to be average .. that Country Man is a lucky fellow!! Happy spring, Happy planting, Happy blossoming!!

  5. Just love the quote by Anais Nin and your thoughts on change. Change can be very difficult at times, and sometimes is forced on us while we fight and kick to avoid it. But often change brings growth and allows metamorphosis into stronger, happier, more independent individuals. That’s when it’s really wonderful! Although the process can be painful!
    PS Just love the headband too!!!

  6. I love that quote. It’s not only a breathtaking image visually, but one that gives a full presence to the soul. And don’t knock the hair, your life looks good on you.

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