It was 34 degrees F with a stiff south breeze at 7:38 this morning as I set out on Shadow for Meadowbrook Park.
Felt heavy with the sameness for so long of the grey-brown land-and-sky-scape, which did little to lift my current thoughts of dismay. From feeling like I’ve not been giving enough time to my yoga practice or to friends and family, to thoughts of friends with chronic illness, to the struggles of my children, relationships, our principle-less (nihilist!) president, to the loss of trees from climate change….
For the first part of this morning’s ride, felt like I was under a heavy, grey mass.
But after a little way, noticed that being dressed comfortably in the almost-freezing morning was a little victory against the grey. Being mobile outside was a little victory.
Seeing the water rush through McCullough Creek was a little victory.
Seeing the clouds break up was a little victory.
They reminded me that if earthquakes and floods and wars have not extinguished all joy so far, I trust that somehow it will survive, if we are willing to accept small victories.
On the way back from the prairie saw wingstem remains standing in front of some tree branches,
making a swaying vertical pattern.
Farther along, at the Meadowbrook sensory garden, pioneer snowdrops were emerging.
Oh brave, welcome harbingers of the inexorable (so far!) renewal of life!