It’s been a busy week – now that spring might really be here, we’ve found a contractor and scheduled the first of our must-be-done-before-we-list-the house outdoor projects – repairing the garage floor and replacing the front steps. In another week, we may not have a way into our house for a few days. Yeah, well…

Whether good or bad, we humans are perpetually under stress. And we always find something to worry about. Even when things are going well. Especially when things are going well. Add to that a seemingly endless cycle of bad news, and political divisiveness at work around us, and sometimes we need to remind ourselves to take a step back, and refocus our energies.

“The present moment is where we need to operate. When you are truly anchored in the present moment, you can plan for the future in a much better way. Living mindfully in the present does not preclude making plans. It only means that you know there’s no use losing yourself in worries and fear concerning the future. If you are grounded in the present moment, you can bring the future into the present to have a deep look without losing yourself in anxiety and uncertainty. If you are truly present and know how to take care of the present moment as best you can, you are doing your best for the future already.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm

Photo of Luray Caverns taken a few years ago – a great representation of the caverns of my mind.