Thorns have roses

Good morning beautiful people! Today’s inspiration is brought to you by the restfulness a 5 day staycation can bring, the basil harvested from my garden, the last few cherry tomatoes that ripened over the weekend and…of course…some decaf.

The last 5 days were such a gift to me.  I can remember in times past actually needing a vacation after a vacation because of how I packed in to a few days away from the office.

Now, I  have come to really appreciate the staycation thanks to COVID.  Even though my travel options are a bit limited, I am learning that it is not so much where I vacation as it is the art of taking the time off in the first place.

The art of giving myself permission to actually disconnect from work to reconnect with Erneshia.

And that’s exactly what I did.  Reconnected with myself.

On Saturday, I had the chance to visit a small quaint beach in Hampton, VA – Buckroe Beach – which sits on the Chesapeake Bay.

There was no fancy boardwalk. Just one food truck and a Farmer’s Market that closed at 1 p.m.  This is a beach for those who really love the beach…for the beach.

As I floated in the warm water, being gently moved to and from by the waves, I closed my eyes and allowed my mind to go blank so I could listen to the sounds of the water crashing against the rocks.

Then gratitude started to well up in my heart.  Gratitude for that moment. 

COVID-19 has been a thorn for all of us.  When we thought we were past the worst and life would return to some semblance of normal, here comes another surge which has again made life seem alot more limited.

But is it?

Over the last 18 months, I have been able to stop and smell more roses than in years prior simply because life gave me no other choice.

I can’t remember the last time I just floated in the water without a purpose…just because.

I share all of this as a reminder that even when things seem hopeless…

Even when life seems like a thorn…

Always remember to slow down and stop to appreciate thorns have roses.

Starting with YOU!

Happy Tuesday!

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