Not like its negative meaning when we were kids, "getting grounded" now means getting feet on the ground and head in the here-and-now. It's a tricky business if you've recently been living for large stretches of time in different parts of the world (as I have).
|Collage by Janet Strayer, www.janetstrayer.com|
Not that I regret it, or wouldn't do it again in a heartbeat, but the re-entry into life-as-usual stops being "life-as-usual" after a long-enough absence. That's part of the deal when you leave for a considerable time: it's supposed to shake things up, leaving normal for new.
A corrollary is that the normal, itself, becomes new after your return. It's taken me a long time to get back into (and liking getting back into) my usual routines back home in Canada. I still haven't fully accomplished it. My friends here are patient with me, as they've always been, knowing my clockworks and sense of time have always been slightly off-kilter. Living imaginatively sometimes requires that, I think. But it also takes its toll.
Larger life has its own clock. Nature waits for no one. Time, relentless and inevitable, passes no matter how you fill it. Moments occur and are gone. You can be reckless with them or not, no matter. The season for planting remains that season. Imaginary seeds can sprout in imaginary ground. But the real ground requires (so far as I know) real seeds.
So it is that life on Saturna Island is helping to ground me. Physically, there's been the dominant landscape here-- a rainforest of trees, sea, and earth with their natural inhabitants. We humans seem an after-effect.
I've seen my flower garden go to weed, a rebuke to my neglectfulness. Yet, it has still offered up some beautiful roses. At the same time I've seen my partner's well-tended vegetable garden rather fitfully produce its crops in this erratic growing season. Yet, it has also produced more than enough to give away to others. Much ground-work for him, who loves and tends his garden. No ground-work for me, who has decided to let it go this year. No challenge to deduce which of us is the more 'grounded'. Yet, we are both grateful: me for the grace of this moment, despite my efforts... or the lack of them.
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