A Second in Time

I in spite of everything made it house!

After two years and 7 months of socially distancing on account of COVID-19, Ken, Grace and I arrived in my place of birth of Carpinteria, California, to peer circle of relatives and costly pals. We had a FABULOUS travel full of laughter, nice foods, and gratitude. However one thing I couldn’t shake burned at the back of my thoughts.

New Mexico, our followed state of 4 years, was once on hearth; the worst wildfires the state has ever observed. Headlines knowledgeable us that flames headed towards Santa Fe, the place we are living. I watched on-line as my neighbors posted apocalyptic-looking footage that includes a scorching pink solar and darkish murky skies and puzzled what the long run held in retailer.

Surfer Lady

As I sat on Rincon Level, an idyllic seaside made well-known via the Seashore Boys, I grew despair fascinated with world warming, which the fires within the southwest are attributed. Grace had a distinct revel in. Till a couple of mins previous, she had by no means observed the sea earlier than and was once taking part in a recreation of catch-me-if you-can with the waves. The joy on her face, her crazed working in circles, adopted via exuberant paws digging within the sand, made me snort and launched my gloom. I spotted that, not like me, Grace was once dwelling within the second and the end result was once she was once taking part in herself to no finish. I, however, had succumbed to concern and was once dwelling all over the place apart from in the one position that in reality issues—The Now. 

I used to be reminded of dwelling in The Now the next afternoon once we visited Lee and Donna; just right pals, who had already misplaced one area to fireplace. Donna shared that, in many ways, dropping their house was once a blessing and that she felt thankful as it made her acknowledge they’d simplest misplaced “issues” within the hearth and no longer every different.

We crossed a little bit bridge putting over their creek. On the finish of it, a tea area sat beneath the oak bushes. As soon as within it, the 4 people shared our insights about existence whilst Grace slept between us, fun us together with her beneficiant snores. Ken stated the wildfires reminded him to take existence, “second via second.” Lee shared, “inch via inch.” I added, “breath via breath.” 

Residing within the Now

We’re again in Santa Fe now and the fires, pushed via unpredictable winds, proceed to blaze. When my center sinks from the newest information, and I believe the pull towards our sofa to binge on Netflix and devour Vegan Bon Bons, I’m reminded of my new mantra, second via second, inch via inch, breath via breath. Then I have a look at my canine, Grace, who, even in spite of everything she suffered in her previous, embodies that mantra on a daily basis.

Lifestyles is a tricky gig, and every so often frustration makes us need to throw our arms up and speak to it an afternoon, however I imagine animals have one thing to show us about dwelling with uncertainty, doubt, and concern. Second via second, inch via inch, breath via breath—our animal pals fashion neatly the right way to be within the Now, and to reside every day with a grin.

Keep wholesome & keep pawsitive,

Carlyn MDO  

PS: Please stay New Mexico for your maximum empowered ideas.

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