And finding beauty, and acknowledging it, seems particularly important these days. Right now in our province, British Columbia, thousands have been displaced from their homes by forest fires, thousands more are in small towns cut off from supplies because fires have shut down any access, and there is no relief expected from the weather. Crises like these seem to arrive back-to-back, and we can become overwhelmed hearing about them, and trying to balance them against the personal crises we might be experiencing, as in my extended family. But as my very wise sister-in-law said, "All we can ever count on is the moment we're in. So we do our best, and we help where we can, and we still have to eat and sleep and keep ourselves healthy. And we make the very most of the moments, as they arrive, one by one."
Sometimes that means stopping to look at the hydrangeas. Even if they're not our favourite colour. . .