Challenge of Equilibrium
One of the definitions I found for the word ‘equilibrium’ is “mental or emotional balance”. This word came to mind for my title because that balance has been my core challenge lately.
On the one hand I continue to immerse myself in my fiber adventures: knitting a shawl from some beautiful raspberry bamboo narrow ribbon yarn, spinning various kinds of fiber from my stash, sandwiching a pieced table runner with batting and backing ready to baste and quilt. But on the other hand I have several family members facing serious challenges and this week we got word that one of our beloved dogs has a very aggressive cancer. We have opted to just keep him comfortable for as long as we still have him with us.
Add to all of this the fact that the weather here on the far northern California coast has been a double whammy of July gloom. There has been a persistent marine layer pulled in by the heat in the inner valley. That layer thickened by smoke blowing periodically toward the coast from several wildfires in southern Oregon.
So the gym offers me respite, my yoga gives me peace, my garden is flourishing, spinning gets me in the zone. If all those things fail there is always an audio book or some escapist music that beckons, and old movie or a rousing round of Plants vs. Zombies.
So I pet my dogs and remain thankful for the riches in my life and continue to strive for equilibrium.