Did you hear what Mr. Peanut said? “Harnessing the power of the peanut is about accepting the gifts that nature gives us.”
That peanut’s got me thinking.
Life has been pretty darned challenging lately. There are times I want to run, screaming, down the other side of that fork in the road. The side unseen. The one I didn’t take a few years ago. But then I pick myself up, shake it off, and remember the sheer awesomeness of the gifts I have right now.
Having small children is hard. Giving up a career is hard. And beyond all, marriage is really, really hard. There’s just no time for “us”, especially during this time of year, when the garden is full and I’m canning and freezing and working my butt off like a little squirrel storing nuts for the winter. My husband has been in overtime, and by the time the kids go to bed, we’re tired. And I don’t mean tired like back in the days when we would stay out too late on the weekends and sleep till noon. I mean spent. Bone tired. That “good” tired that comes with a hard day’s work (or all night with a sleeping baby. #notsogood)
So, with all that said, I try to make it a point to take a moment every once in a while and think back. My husband and I first dated way back in 1991, when I was 17 and he was 21 and neither of us had a care in the world. He dumped me, hard, and the next time we saw each other was nearly 18 years later. I wouldn’t give him the time of day at first, yet somehow we quickly ended up married and embarking on a life journey that would rebuild not only our relationship, but the relationship we both have with the world around us, the food we eat, and the way we live on the Earth.
We banked everything on our new house, new land, new family. And we’re doing it. Granted, some days we still fall apart, but some days, our routine starts to hum. He plants and grows, I cook, can and freeze. Little by little, we’re becoming 2 perfect halves, in it for the long haul, harnessing our own power and making as much as we can out of those gifts ol’ Ma Nature gives us. The ultimate goal? Passing that appreciation on to our little ones (who are, undoubtedly, the greatest gifts we could have ever hoped for!)
Gratitude is a feeling that grows if you focus on it, and I made the choice to do that today. As my baby girl and I checked the garden and made a plan for the coming weeks, I put other worries aside and just let myself appreciate it all. And then I ate some tomatoes. (“Let’s get wholesome up in here!” Wisdom from the peanut, again.)
Here are a few glimpses of the gifts nature has given us, just for fun:
For more inspiration, visit PowerofthePeanut.com. What’s your favorite gift from nature?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.