Seeds of hope

I’ll confess: I haven’t been feeling my most joyful of late.

Despite the beauty and vibrance of spring unfolding, I’ve been distracted by all the human-made difficulties and politics in the world.

Thankfully, two reminders came to me this week to help me reconnect with nature and the bigger picture.

The first reminder was about not trying to fix everything by oneself, and this heartening quote from Jane Goodall:

I like to envision the whole world as a jigsaw puzzle… If you look at the whole picture, it is overwhelming and terrifying, but if you work on your little part of the jigsaw and know that people all over the world are working on their little bits, that’s what will give you hope.

Jane Goodall, conservationist

Then a friend shared this quote from Clarissa Pinkola Estes:

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run with the Wolves

This week, the part of the jigsaw that was within my reach, was planting some wildflower seeds in my garden.

For the bees.

And for all of us.

May we all know hope, nourishment, beauty, and our place in nature.

I will watch these flowers grow and bloom. They will be my flowers of hope. And I will do what I can to care for the natural world – myself included – day by day, and week by week.

What is giving you hope right now?

Where do you find your joy?

Please share the joy!
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