Since my father was in the military, we moved frequently throughout my childhood. For example, I lived in three different places and went to three different schools during third grade. When I moved to Seattle to go to college, I decided I was done with moving. (I believed I was done with traveling too, but that didn’t happen. I’ve traveled to India almost yearly since I met Amma in 1989.)
I married in 1971 and in 1973 we bought a house in Seattle. This will be my 40th year living in that house! This is the view from my kitchen window each spring. (I wish the colors of the blossoms were as vivid on these pictures as they are in reality, but at least you can get a really good sense of what it is like.)
The shed you see not far from the tree was IN the tree until my son in law, Akshay, took it down for me last year. I had it built in the early 90’s. It is 7′ by 7′ and I slept in it from April to October for five years … until huge racoons, standing up on their hind legs between me and the tree house, made it clear who was in charge of the yard at night.
I used to feel discouraged that I didn’t have time to create or maintain the beautifully manicured yard and gorgeous gardens that were here when we first bought the house. One day, I was grumbling about that to a friend and she said, “Karuna, look around you.” Her comment and what I saw when I really “looked” opened my eyes. I may not have beautifully manicured gardens but the natural beauty around me was and is awe inspiring.
Here are some early spring pictures (i.e. from today!):
As I look at my yard, I am remembering the importance of paying attention to what I have, instead of what I don’t have. I also believe it is a powerful example that so often we are given what we need, instead of what we want, and are much the better for it.
I am truly blessed!