A Great Big Warm ‘Boot To The Head’!
We could all use one, every once in awhile! Listening to Mary Chapin Carpenter singing ‘Grow Old Along With Me’ and along came that big fuzzy boot – knocking me on the side of the head and giving my heart a good kick in the process. It’s amazing what music can do: jolt you back to exact times and places, and bring the people that you love into sharper focus. My memory, not great at the best of times, (and don’t get me started on names!) is somehow given turbo boost when music is playing. So many beautiful lives and events come in and out of focus, like precious flowering herbs – balms that have been there to feed and heal my life.
As we get further from our starting point, the map becomes very complicated – and in my case, fuzzy - and we forget where we started out, where we stood when that seed of love was planted in us, encasing a child’s hopeful faith that everything would be bright and beautiful. It was planted in each of us, and left in our care to nurture and protect – and to fall absolutely in love with.
Lately, my mind is pulling on its own boots, kicking up a fuss and telling me that I’d better add some colour to this grey matter - fast! Just when I think I have figured out some of the big issues, my spirit gives a big sigh, picks up one of those boots and whack! ‘Sorry, you have landed on a snake and have to go back and try again to figure life out.’ So, I pick up my humility card and start out afresh with my little bag of hope in tow, picking up new perspectives, new colours for my garden.
That original plant is still calling out as well and patiently waiting for me to stop covering my head, and to notice the ‘with love’ salutations that accompany the boots.
‘Don’t worry about those weeds’, it is saying – ‘just pour on the nourishment!’
Though the road may bring twists, turns, sorrows and challenges, love, wearing its great big fuzzy boots, is ready to take on all challengers.
“Don’t be afraid of the odd kick, and don’t worry – I am custom-sized just for you – Stay with me - ‘The best is yet to be’.”