Recently, I joined a Facebook group called the Holy Disorder of the Dancing Monks. There will be some who will be dismayed by this fact, since it’s not what one might consider “orthodox.” Too bad, so sad. I joined it to remind myself the need of joy and beauty in my life.
This morning, someone in the group asked the question, “How will you add beauty to your day?” Since the weather is lovely, I knew the answer. After working out and visiting Mom, I was going to create a rock garden. I've been collecting rocks for some time now. Today was the day.
Once again, the theme ‘labor to enter into rest’ came to mind. Beauty gives my soul rest, but creating beauty is labor. Whether it’s dancing, painting, writing or gardening you have to put the work in for any sort of beauty to result. Oh my, did I labor. In hindsight, I shouldn't have gone to the gym this morning. It will be days before I will be able to move easily again.
But digging in the dirt feeds my soul, and the end result is good, albeit small. I have a lovely little corner garden. However, I want to do the entire bank because I’m sick of mowing the incline….and I've run out of rocks.
Donna Kemper put aside her art career to care for a mother she hadn't seen in over a decade. For seven years she followed her mother's journey into dementia, caring for her and putting forgiveness into action.