Untended

The lotus photo you see was taken in the tended portion of an otherwise now stagnant garden that for most of my childhood, had bustled with all manner of life. Bright blue crabs and slippery turtles scuttled through layers of coral rock beneath the foliage, while peacocks wandered above on winding banyan covered paths leading out into wide fields of intense Florida light. We would walk along attentively but without deliberate appreciation.

It was part of home, after all.

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It had been years since I visited, so the overall scene that greeted me was a bit of a shock, especially when a volunteer told me they were working to thin out the upper canopies, to circulate the light more naturally. Somewhere along the way, it had been allowed to go to seed in the first place, which I had not imagined ever happening.

I felt as if my childhood self was standing there, asking for attention.

This blog too, or the intention it represents, has been a neglected. So my newly uncovered intention is to decompartmentalize expression, to open chained off passageways and allow better flow between the spaces… to extend myself more and stop trying to get everything right. Even though there will be messy and unfinished areas and many works in progress, my vision is that this will become a more authentically tended, space.

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