Thursday, May 19, 2011

"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop" - Ovid

To quote Ovid, a great Roman poet born in ancient Rome…

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”

This saying resonated deeply with me this week. We all need a rest if we’ve been through a trying time so we can be our best and enjoy each day we've been given.

When I was growing up, my Dad was a wheat farmer.  I watched my father strive to be a wonderful provider for our family.  Year in and out he ploughed the land, planting wheat crops. Some years there was drought, or locust plagues and sometimes a bumper crop!  If the harvest was a bumper one, Tarnia, Mark and me would line up amongst the light golden brown stalks of wheat before it got stripped, while Mum took our photo….usually with Mark pulling a silly face. :)  I can still remember one year where the wheat seemed almost as tall as me.

Dad had an honest and noble occupation. He worked hard, almost 24/7. I remember as a little girl, when he wandered in our laundry door from a day driving the tractor….he’d take off his dusty RM Williams boots and disappear into the bathroom to shower off the red dirt that stuck to his body like mud. We took family vacations either after the crop was stripped by huge machines called Headers, or, when the rich mallee dirt needed resting after Dad ploughed it….before he’d begin to sow the new crop.

Reflecting on Ovid’s quote made me think of Dad, and how he would say “Moppet, a paddock needs to take a rest”…..and so this week did I……..

Since Sunday, I’ve felt withered like a crop that’s had hail damage, I feel I need to be watered and hydrated after all my weeping, and to be weeded of all the stinging nettles that keep re-growing like weeds in my life. I’ve been exhausted!  I even purchased a pregnancy test...I've been that tired and I wanted a tangible explanation for it.  But I think the stress and worry over my brother’s heart surgery finally took its toll on me.

Our bodies are amazing machines that warn us through aches and pains and tiredness that its time to rest…like the earth when it’s fallowed…to allow time between seasons and growth. So this week, I had a lot of down time and did things to relax and renew my spirit….I also did a bit of retail therapy! :)

Nothing like a bit of Victoria's Secret to make me feel better!

Green Tea and Chocolate bickies(or cookies if you are in the USA) great re-energizers

My neighboor Renee gave me this beautiful calming Rose scented candle that filled our house with the relaxing aromatherapy of roses

My brother Mark went home only five days after his bypass graft. He’s resting and bored and raring to go back to work. It’s amazing that he’s had his chest sawn open and wired back together….and he’s on no pain medication! Also, that’s he’s been given another opportunity at living life…his doctor said some people don’t get the chance he’s been given…..

Mark with his 'Little Ted' and the big Ted I sent

I couldn’t send flowers to the ICU so I sent this big teddy bear with a bright happy red bow.   Little Ted in the photo had pride of place on his bed when we were growing up. Mark would throw little Ted at the wall if he didn’t get his own way!  He tells me Little Ted has a minder now in Big Mark is with me.

Hopefully by next week I’ll be firing on all cylinders again like my brother is….that my body will be a crop of sunflowers instead of a weeping willow tree.

Thanks to everyone who sent messages about my big brother Mark and his open heart surgery….YOU put sunshine in my blue cup this week and have also heaped topsoil back in my paddock to help cultivate my crop for whatever seeds may be sprinkled and grown in the forthcoming seasons of life…….

I took this of Dempsey in a crop of wildflowers near our house....a reminder to me to enjoy natures gifts

And I hope if you need it too, you can rest your field, regroup and be ready to reap a bountiful crop of blooming sunny wildflowers in the coming days, no matter what your challenges may be. x



  1. This post really spoke to me! I loved hearing about your dad and how he cared for, and understood, the land.

    You're right -- there are times when we simply can't 'bounce back' from repeated losses and stresses. But our culture doesn't support the notion of taking a rest.

    I am thrilled to hear about your brother and loved the photo with little and big Ted.

    Thank you for this important reminder. We are not 'machines' who can simply keep trucking along, no matter what.

    Hugs to you xo

  2. Oh Diana it does seem that your adrenal gland is absolutely exhausted and you have given 'it' exactly what 'it' needed.
    Good news about Mark. Look forward to updates; I have been 'absent' from these pages for a bit.
    Dempsey looks more adorable each time I view a pic of her. A perfect setting for your darling daughter.
    Much love Chez xo

  3. A great post! Thanks for the reminder to step back if needs be. By the way, I've given you a blogging award over at my place if you want to come and pick it up. :)

  4. Louise,
    Thanks for your lovely comment. I am betting you understand completely how sometimes we run on empty way too much....especially when caring for a special needs child. Even our emotions some days can be exhausting.

    I hope you find a moment to rest YOU and recharge with whatever you find works for you.

    thanks for the hugs, they are my favorite! :)
    Diana x

  5. Chez, your comment made me smile...yes, my adrenal gland has been running in overdrive lately. I'm sure not as much as your however my friend....and your strength and determination are fuel for me to pick myself up and keep going, so thank you! x

    Thanks too for your comments about Demps...she is my treasure and keeps me going most days.

    sending a hug your way Chez,
    Diana x

  6. Casey,
    WOW, what can I say...THANK YOU, what an honor to be given a blog award...and especially from you! You've made my day today! :) Things like that inspire me to keep writing and sharing for others.....

    I will pop over tomorrow and check it out...we are off to a birthday party here today, can't wait to visit your blog.

    Huge thank you again and huge hugs to you!
    Diana x

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