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life : stronger for the frost

it’s typical spring in north idaho.  in between schizophrenic periods of rain, sleet, and snow, the sun comes out for a quick game of peek-a-boo.  it reminds me why i love living here.  the seasons.  sometimes a few of them show up in a single day.

and each spring i am amazed that life pushes up through the hard, rocky soil.  despite the harsh and bitter cold, deep snow, and ice.  it comes.  every year, stronger still.  i walked a few minutes in my garden today.


i’ve been in bed for 6 days with a virus that has literally left me down and out.  a reason for which i am not yet certain, but i know there is one…  perhaps a disconnect from my daily routine?  a respite from daily vigorous exercise?  or simply to cause me to appreciate what i so take for granted: health.

in the frenzy of life so often i get so busy running: errands, carpool, kids, exercise, run, run, run.  run.  i run everything.  my house, kids, life, body.  in control of it all, right?  uh-huh.  right.  not. in. control.  in one day i went from an easy run and a hike with my family to the next day being flat on my back in bed.  for days.  i’m just finally getting up.  and i’m still exhausted.

i’m always afraid to stop running.  the fear that i will lose all that i worked so hard to gain.  will gain what i worked so hard to lose.  but maybe the lesson is in the new life barely peeking above the ground in my garden.  more full and lush than the year before.  maybe it’s the simple truth that rest is what makes us strong.  established.  that sometimes our meager grasp for control is taken away so we appreciate the simple things.  the essential things.

pause for just a moment today and give thanks for an able body.  a healthy heart.  an alert and aware mind.  a calm spirit.

and if you don’t possess these things today, walk for a minute in nature and take a look at all the new life coming out of the ground.  the buds bursting from the trees in anticipation of warm summer days.  i love the seasons.  i’m ready and excited for the change of each one.  and they remind me that life, too, is about seasons.  some much harsher than others.  but right now is a season of hope.  life.  new dreams and possibilities.  be grateful for this day.  for health.  for strength.  even if you don’t feel it yet.  new life is coming up everywhere.


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  • jessica sands April 9, 2013, 2:07 pm

    great words, tammy!

  • C April 9, 2013, 2:27 pm

    Hope you start to feel better soon!

  • Melanie April 9, 2013, 6:17 pm

    hmmmm how i love your perspective on your awful week. you are a gift… xoxox

  • Amber April 10, 2013, 4:22 am

    I am often reminded that God gives us what we need,
    Not necessarily our plan, but His will. I pray for supernatural return of
    Your energy. Thx for being bold and sharing ur journey!

    • Tammy April 10, 2013, 2:23 pm

      thanks amber! hope to see you soon!

  • Noelle April 11, 2013, 12:09 am

    OH feel better, I know as a Mom we try to do so so much! Take care of yourself.. hope you are up and about soon.

  • Lisette April 11, 2013, 5:25 am

    Tammy, I am so sorry to hear that you have been ill. I hate being sick, but then I think that it is God’s way of telling us we need to slow down for a reason (even though we don’t like a slow pace) Feel better soon! xoxo

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