The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
July is when the summer’s rhythm seems set and before us lay days of warmth and sun and the routine of the garden. We have daily duties to attend to; watering, harvesting, deadheading. We begin to enjoy the freshness of the summer vegetables; first squash, then beans, tomatoes, peppers and corn, if we are lucky.
We know now, or think we know, what type of summer we are going to have.
For some it is hot, too hot, and dry and they watch as their plants wither and dry in the sun and wonder what will be left in their gardens when the rains finally return.
For others, it is wet, too wet, and they wonder if they shall even be able to return to their homes and gardens once the flood waters recede.
Whatever our summer brings, by July we find its rhythm, we follow its path, completing our daily duties, whatever we find them to be. We are thankful for breath, light, flowers, duties and having a path to follow.
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