If you read yesterday's post, you undoubtedly now know how uncomfortable runner ducks are with change. They like their little world exactly the way it is. We added some rejected (by the horses) hay to the muddy ground in the duck yard and you would have thought lava was streaming through the yard. They wouldn't touch the hay - wouldn't even go near it.
Today they have adapted... so much so, that they are cozily making little nests in the hay and picking through it in search of insects. Today the hay is perfect. And they like it exactly the way it is. "Please don't change it, by the way."
We humans are similar to ducks in this manner. We don't much like change. We love the security of knowing that our own little world will stay the same as it is - right now.
And yet, the only thing in life that is certain is change. Change happens every day - to the world, to us... everywhere. Change is constant. Our task is learning to adapt, to accept what is - even when what-is isn't what-used-to-be. And then.... hang on... what-is is never what-will-be. Right? That's life. Life is change.
I stared out into the front pasture at what has to be my most favorite scene of the entire year.
There stood our 250+ year-old log cabin, surrounded by blossoming forsythia, and flowering quince - the sun illuminating the colors -and the sheep and pigs contentedly grazing in the green, green pasture. To me, it is a picture of pastoral heaven.
And yet, the scene is fleeting. Tomorrow it will have changed a little and every day after that it will morph into something slightly different. And though today's scene will change, it will still be beautiful in other ways... the entire year through - even in the cold, dead of winter. And though I love it just as it is at this moment, I will appreciate it through all of its changes.
This little log homestead has lived through much change... sheltering so many families in its lengthy history - so many souls, so many stories, so much change. Lives began and lives ended within those walls.
It's something that I have to remind myself of when I ponder the rest of my life. Nothing will stay the same, and yet, all of it has inherent quality and beauty.
Embrace today, dear friends... as there will never be another day quite like it!
And, as the day ends, let it go... and ready yourself for the change that tomorrow brings.