I love fresh herbs. I think they make just about every dish taste better. In the summer, I grow basil, oregano, parsley, sage, and thyme. When it comes to basil and oregano, the more, the better.
Oregano, whose scent and taste always transport me back to my childhood in Greece, grows with abundance. I use it fresh and also dry some to have through the year.
I grow basil right outside the kitchen, on the deck, and I keep seeds going throughout the season. We love pesto in this house. I make as much as I can through the summer and always freeze some for winter. If you would like to freeze pesto, you can. Just don’t add cheese to the batch you want to freeze.
A couple of weeks ago, the basil seedlings I had started earlier were ready to be planted outside.
Then hurricane Henri formed and started heading in our direction.
As the warnings began to intensify, I became worried about the plants. They were predicting heavy rain and strong winds. I decided to cut the basil back and make some pesto.
The new seedlings looked small and tender. I was not sure how they would fare with the storm. Bringing the planter into the house was not an option. I decided to let it be.
It is now Monday morning. It has been raining for more than 24 hours. It will continue to rain on and off throughout the day. Fortunately, strong winds never materialized over the weekend. As I stood by the kitchen window, watching the stream in the backyard raging and overflowing its boundaries, I looked at the box with the basil seedlings.
The plants are double in size and are standing tall. They look beautiful. Not only did they make it through the rainstorm, but they are also thriving.
The young basil plants made me think of how not all storms are created equal and not all plants wither and die in a storm.
Even the most tender of plants can make it through a storm like the one that came through. Human beings are very much like plants.
There are storms that we can see coming. We prepare for their impact. When the storm hits, we are ready to cope with it.
Sometimes we are forewarned about an approaching storm. We begin to worry and brace for the worst and, it never materializes.
Other times, storms arrive out of nowhere and catch us unawares. Still, we do the best we can to weather the storm.
Some storms move slowly. Some carry the wrath of nature and pass swiftly. The force of impact depends on timing, season, locality, various conditions, and luck.
Not all storms happen for a reason. Some of them make no sense. Sometimes we get hit and left vulnerable. Healing can be slow and challenging.
Some storms knock us off our feet. Before we know it, we are up and running. Not only did we survive the storm, but we learned to thrive despite it and maybe even because of it.
Storms are tricky. They come and go. Often, they leave destruction behind them. A storm teaches us that, hard as we may prepare, we have no control over how a storm will decide to behave. Like everything else in life, outcomes are elusive.
Nevertheless, how we navigate a storm is important and pretty much under our control.
I know you too have navigated many storms, some stronger than others.
When you look at the storms you have weathered so far, what do you see? What have you learned about yourself?
How have the storms of your life changed you? What are some of your tendencies? Is there anything you would like to do differently?
- Do you tend to worry too much? Would you like to worry less and trust more?
- Do you tend to ignore warnings of approaching storms?
- Is control an issue for you? Do you find it challenging to reach out and ask for help?
- Do you look at the storms you’ve weathered so far and appreciate how you’ve grown because of them?
- Do you give yourself the credit you deserve or do you tend to underestimate yourself?
- Do you blame yourself for things that are way beyond your control?
- Do you trust yourself and your decision-making ability?
- Can you forgive yourself when you make a mistake or when things don’t work out as planned?
- Can you accept what is and use it to inform your next step?
Choose the question you would like to explore further. You can journal and see what comes up for you. You can keep it in the forefront of your mind, go for a walk or a hike, or sit with it quietly. Insights and answers will bubble up.
If you would like to talk about it, I am one email away. You can reach me via my Contact page.
Some journeys take place in the dark.Gunilla Norris
We can’t see where we are going, but we give ourselves to the experience of going and learn by going where we need to go.
Call it daring. Call it necessity.
Call it simple faith.
It is now late afternoon. The stream in the back yard has retreated and is flowing within its banks again. There is some clean-up work to be done. Thankfully, no trees came down, we did not lose power, and all is back to normal. The basil delivered the much-needed inspiration for this post. I am grateful I was there and present to receive it.
What are you noticing? What is vying for your attention? Take a moment and share your thoughts in the comment section below.