I sit here and look at the world around me — our little homestead. To me it simultaneously seems mundane and magical. The daily tasks of laundry, fire tending, cooking, animal chores are mundane, and uninteresting. The daily tasks and habits are not very exciting and sometimes are downright dreary. However, in those tasks, there is time for self-examination, there is time to watch the world around us, there is time to witness the magical.
As I look at the trees in our treeline, I can see how they each twist and grow, searching for the sunlight that will help nourish them. As I watch the bubbles grow and move on my sourdough starter, I am reminded of the life that is created as the yeasts feed and exude gas bubbles. As I watch the chickens peck and scratch, I am reminded that I am caring for these magnificent creatures who supply food for our family. As I watch the pigs run and gallop across the pasture, I am reminded that all creatures love, live, and enjoy play.
My mundane life is anything but mundane — it is full of magic that reminds me that life’s gifts are everywhere. We can learn from watching the lives around us. As the new year begins, I resolve to plant my feet back into the ground of this homestead and learn to love and live from those around me; my family, the trees, the yeasts, the chickens, the pigs, and more. Life’s gifts surround me.