One day we have beautiful spring weather with life around us swaying in joy, pretty flowers coming up and the next, well I am scampering to move all my pots indoors only to take them out the next day so that they get the abundant ’summer sun’ along with the unexpected rain - jackets and blankets washed and put away only to be reopened and reused again! If mother earth is healing, she sure is making sure we understand that! She does what she wants, and we bow in deference and understanding. Just ask my broken back and ‘eye rolling family’ with heave a regular ‘oh no, not again groan’!! They cannot see me do it all alone neither can they help without a groan or a moan – especially moving the pots in and out! As much as I am against multitasking and am awfully bad at it anyways, here I am, listening to an audio book…...while driving. Do not scowl – book is better than the repeatedly played songs they call music these days or the opinions that is fed as news. Anyways, I hear the author go whenever you are upset, pause, smile widely, and release a deep exhale and lo, even as I do that, I see a family of deer emerge to cross the street. The smile only widens, as I slam the breaks making sure that the car behind me is far enough and that smile stays put for the rest of the day. It is stormy outside, the rain pours in torrents and stops only to give a brief respite and just like that the sun shines and even as I say “how wonderful it would be to see a rainbow” as I look through the window, there it appears like magic to my DD going in the background “you are really so annoying mom”. All I hear is a smile and some surprise in her words! I hear phone go ding ding with pictures of the rainbow from friends who were thrilled to spot the rainbow on their drives home. (Picture from a friend) We are sitting out finally enjoying the pleasant warm sun, reading, lazing and the incessant barking of dogs makes us look and looking back at us is that deer……with a “look, look people” even as we went “look, look deer” . Despite all the noise around us, it decides to continue to stare, graze as it wishes and slowly walks away like it has all the time in the world as we are left wondering as to how come it is alone from the herd. Though we have had more cloudy days than we care to remember, the sun showing up every now and then makes life around seem spectacular with the lilies in the pond blooming, the beehouse I have brought is sitting as a reminder…to put it up in a spot away from the house and a bumblee (like my DD called a bumblebee as a child) comes close every now and then threatening me . The pond is a haven to fish and a couple of frogs, and I am reminded of a heron sitting innocently waiting to dive in, not so long ago. I wonder how many fish are left. I look at the long-forgotten book in my hand….and as is my wont, I open a random page and there is Marcus Aurelius telling me “Look around you and see that everything that happens is the result of change. The universe loves nothing more than to change things, rearranging their elements to create new things. Everything that exists now is a seed of what is to come. Nothing around you is in its final form”. I sigh, I know that is the truth. As I sit typing this snippet, I am looking out the window at the pouring rain, beautiful green around, yearning to sit on that swing, thinking about change. Even if ever changing, grateful for that nature surrounding me. As I continue to stare, I am reminded of my yoga teacher telling us that we need to learn to reach out to the circuference of our circle, take what is needed and always come back to that center, center of who we are - even in the ever changing world.