Every now and then I need to be grounded, to find what is real and important in life. In a time of controversy and divergence, it is easy to view the world as a conflicted web of despair especially if you concentrate on the negatives that life can sometimes bring. I don’t have a degree in psychology and I’m by no means a therapist, but I would like to share where I have found success in these struggles. I know that I have to be grateful – because I have so much to be thankful for. I have a loving family and a couple of really good friends that I can depend on – even if we don’t always agree. I have a warm, comfortable home, a dependable car, clothing, and plenty to eat. I have beautiful surroundings with a variety of gardens, orchards, animals, and I am in awe of God’s creation every day. I have my dream job in which I get to work with my husband, do what I love, utilize the gifts and talents that God gave me, and for that, I am tremendously blessed!
I also know that I can make a difference every day. Whether it is an act of kindness, an anonymous gift given to someone in need, a word of encouragement, or maintaining integrity in the midst of betrayal, I have the opportunity to control my response in every situation. And I know that there is a power far greater than I that controls it all, and for that, I am also grateful.
To come to many of these personal realizations, it’s helpful to take time for reflection. Many couples have found the simplicity of the Speckled Hen Inn and its natural landscape a welcomed retreat from urban life. The solace and awe of nature can be an essential component to restoring radiance back into our life. It reminds me of the blessings this world has afforded me. For that, I am thankful.