A kind reader recently commented on a post that my life looks rather idyllic. Around the same time I had an exciting opportunity to write a story for Creative Countryside where I mostly wrote about the prettier moments of my life. This got me thinking about the word idyllic and how things can look and seem from the outside.
We certainly have idyllic moments when sometimes the light is golden, sometimes the kids speak nicely to each other and just occasionally all of the planets align. On my camera I capture horse riding, dust, vegetables, baking and cute goats but these moments can turn from blissful to chaotic in the blink of eye!
Just like all families we face challenges in farming, extreme weather conditions, family business, schooling, raising children and all of the other trials that make up life. Personally, I worry about a lot of things that are mostly unnecessary but nevertheless, I tend to worry.
I choose not to share many of the challenges or trickier stuff on my blog because documenting and sharing the good things helps me to keep perspective and also helps me to remain grateful for everything we have. I am certain that most people aren’t particularly interested in piles of washing, grubby bathrooms or any of the other mundane aspects of my day. Generally I visit blogs for a dose of reality and honesty but also as a mini escape to far flung places, for vibrant food photos or just for thoughtful words written by clever bloggers. Perhaps you visit blogs for the same reasons?
While I am on the subject of reality, the wider country community in Australia are reeling after the news that 14 year old Amy “Dolly” Everett took her own life just after Christmas as a result of experiencing unimaginable cyber-bullying. I did not know Dolly or her family personally and their story is certainly not mine to tell. But, like so many other parents in Australia right now my sorrow for this family is hard to express. This young girl could be any of our children and this week we have had many conversations about speaking up and above all, being kind.
So, life rarely is idyllic but today we certainly have a lot to be thankful for.
I hope you are feeling thankful today.
Happy Sunday, friends. x