“Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day… make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular.” ~ Robin Williams in the movie Dead Poets Society

Life is full of changes. Unexpected twists. And turns. Ups. And downs. Surprises. Some good. Some not so. Despite our best laid plans. Out of the blue.

This last week we had the most spectacular moon and meteors. And we lost Robin Williams.

War, famine, plagues. Floods, fires, disasters.

But also time in the garden with my wonderful dog Gus. kt & gus in gardenOur beautiful cardinal Claudio singing in the mesquite. claudioAnd my Beloved Albert belovedand I kt in the irisliving our happy, quiet life, working in our own small ways to make the world a better place.

We use this model from the  Syracuse Cultural Workers:

How to Build a Community

turn off your tv

leave your house

know your neighbors

greet people

look up when you’re walking

sit on your front steps

plant flowers

use your library

play together

buy from local merchants

share what you have

help a lost dog

take children to the park

honor elders

support neighborhood schoools

fix it even if you didn’t break it

have pot lucks

garden together

pick up litter

read stories aloud

dance in the street

talk to the mail carrier

listen to the birds

put up a swing

barter for your goods

start a tradition

hire young people for odd jobs

organize a block party

bake extra and share

ask for help when you need it

sing together

share your skills

take back the night

turn up the music

listen before you react to anger

mediate a conflict

seek to understand

learn from new and uncomfortable angles

know that no one is silent though many are not heard

That’s all we can do…plus embracing life as the magical, joyous, inspiring thing it is! And remembering every single second what a precious, fragile thing it is!

Hang in there…live in gratitude, spread joy, be helpful to others, protect the planet, and LOVE ONE ANOTHER!

Love Kaitlin

© Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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