Keep your distance, but stay grounded. Digest the heavy news, but don’t let it linger. Connect with your garden, but don’t get down on yourself when you cut through the irrigation lines.
Such are the trials and tribulations of Michael Kahn, a Sacramento-based blogger with a determination to develop his green thumb. There’s a lot of tough things to read on the internet, but Michael reminds us to use this time in isolation to improve ourselves and laugh a little bit along the way. Take a look:
“I’m keeping my distance, but I’m also staying grounded. In the midst of putting a careening halt to my in-person socialization, I recognize how important it is to maintain both mental and physical health. I’ve been spending a lot more time gardening, trying to be more mindful, and moving with purpose as I lovingly tend to my fast-growing sources of food.
I’ve only cut through irrigation lines once, a significant improvement on past years, proving to be a measurable aspect of my mindfulness. Pulling the neverending weeds up by their roots is a monotonous never-ending task – and you can see I’m surrounded by plenty more to do. I’ve been using these times to stay connected, talking to friends and family on speakerphone while my hands meticulously dig around in the dirt.
Despite weeks and months of time away from loved ones, I feel very connected and am able to share the silly things and personal wins which happen throughout the day.
The news can feel heavy at times as I struggle to remain up to date on the pandemic status. I’ve made sure to seek out positive, uplifting news in my downtime to balance the not so pleasant news I have been digesting. I read this positive news out in the garden in the evenings, surrounded by buzzing insects and the occasional frog on foot.”