Expectations are tempting, pleasant, maybe necessary. They are scary too, once you have had some experience. They are not necessarily and not always a bucket of smoke, but they can be and are even likely to be.
~ Wendell Berry
It’s raining like crazy here on the Eastern Shore today. I think some folks are eventually going to get snow from this system, but it’s all rain for us, and lots of it. As of noon, we already had more than a half inch of rain.
M and I have been working indoors today. M is rebuilding the closet in the master bedroom to suit his needs and taste. I worked in the master bath for a while, scrubbing what needed a good scrubbing, and finally putting down non-slip tracks on the tub. I’ve slipped more than once in there, and have been lucky enough to catch myself. It doesn’t seem wise to keep pushing my luck.
Yesterday’s outdoor clean-up included a big bonfire. Not everything we find is plastic, thank goodness. Cardboard, paper, and wood all went on the burn pile. When we moved in, there was a burn barrel, but it was so full of plastic trash that we decided to have it hauled away with the other 5 tons of rubbish that was removed from the pavilion area.
It’s difficult not to take a bazillion photos of fire because it’s always changing, always fascinating. I somehow managed to restrain myself and only take ten or so. I won’t post them all. That could get boring.
We’re only two days away from a new calendar year. I mentally start my year on the Winter Solstice because it feels more like a new year to me, but since the society I live in begins the new year on January 1st, I go along with the program.
I have decided on my word for the year. I am going to take a leap of faith, have faith, show good faith, take it on faith, keep the faith, and find out if it’s true that faith will move mountains. Or at least move me. I will not be practicing faith in the sense of practicing a religion or a set of doctrines or beliefs. I will be looking at the confidence aspects of faith (as in having faith in one’s abilities, to trust).
You can have faith with or without religious affiliation — faith is a state of being. Faith is putting hope and power into that which we can not see now . . . but know we will see in the future.
~ Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D., Psychology Today
According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word faith, meaning “duty of fulfilling one’s trust,” dates from the mid-13th century. The use of the word faith in the theological sense dates from the 14th century. Belief, it seems, once meant to trust in God, while faith meant “loyalty to a person based on promise of duty,” and was not associated with divinity until the 16th century when faith came to mean “mental acceptance of something as true,” and “things held to be true as a matter of religious doctrine.”
I am going to explore faith in myself and my abilities, and taking leaps of faith. Perhaps I should have gone with trust as my word of the year, but there’s something about faith that feels more true to what I have in mind even if I can’t explain exactly what that is.
I guess that’s it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this soggy Sunday. Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day. The cabinet installer, the plumber, and assorted other people will be arriving bright and early to finish the kitchen. On Tuesday morning when the sunlight streams in — and if all goes well tomorrow — I will take some photos so you can have a look around.
Thank you for dropping in. I hope your weekend was restorative and fun. A big welcome to my new followers. My apologies to those of you I haven’t been around to visit lately. There is so much going on in life right now that it’s difficult to keep up. With all the workers here getting in my way tomorrow, I should have time to catch up a bit.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Looking out the window just in time to see an eagle fly by; exploring a new vegan cookbook that I received as a Christmas gift; the different shades of brown in the meadows; teamwork; anticipation.