I was driving to the Stop and Shop plaza in Bristol, Connecticut, so of course I was traveling on Jerome Avenue. It’s one of those streets you travel on at least two or three times a day.
Interesting street, that Jerome Avenue. There are a bunch of nice old houses, including one salt box from the 1700’s. The original owner was William Jerome, who I suppose they named the street for.
There are also a couple of babbling brooks running under the street. I figured out if you drop a leaf in them, it could possibly wind up in the Atlantic Ocean. But that’s a story for another time.
There’s also a low income public housing project, close to Route 6. You’ll often see shopping carts in front of it, even though there’s a sign in the supermarket parking lot that asks you not to take them.
And two houses down from the public housing complex, tucked away a bit off the street, there’s a small, well kept house with lots of acreage in the back. There’s a fenced in pasture with two horses.
Not what you’d expect near low income housing in a small New England city.
But there it is.
Change is inevitable.
Growth is a choice.
So is frustration.
So is peace.
So is joy.
So is a sense of humor.
Things grow up around us, sometimes not in the way we intend.
I’m thinking someone who created a horse farm didn’t expect the neighbors they got.
Or maybe they did. Maybe they found a little plot of land and built their dream in what others would call chaos.
They called it beauty.
You get to carve your own private tranquil space around whatever’s going on in your life.
Got too much on your plate?
Welcome to the club.
We all have stuff. It’s what we do with it, and where we choose to focus.
Don’t tell me you have too much going on. Don’t tell me circumstances are impossible.
I ain’t hearing it.
Every person who succeeded beyond their wildest dreams also spent some time staring into the abyss.
You can create your own work of art.
Your own peaceful meadow.
Even in the chaos and lack consciousness that surrounds you.
Learn to receive more.
Stay open to miracles. They’re everywhere.
Have the courage to follow through on good ideas…yours and other people’s.
Gotta be easier than maintaining a horse farm!
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