One of the loveliest sites to me is an expanse of lush green lawn. Neatly manicured and surrounded by a jungle of vegetation. I like my flower beds and borders, but I love my lawn. We have almost completely cleared up the area where the oak tree was removed. The turf is damaged and of course the ground is bare where it’s shade and leaves restricted growth of grass. It is still early enough in the season to recover the damaged areas.
I did change my plans about the flower bed at the front of the house. I will restrict everything to the area nearest the house. I will keep things along the fences and along the house. I want to reduce the edges to maintain. And again I want to keep the green expanse unbroken as much as possible.
Deep breaths of air. The open area feels like deep breaths of air. I feel the same when I am on the lake or at the sea shore. A far horizon. Even if it is only a few yards across the front yard. Freedom.
What is freedom? It is as personal in definition as terms like success or failure. For some freedom means not being physically locked in chains. For some freedom means no relationships to interfere with choices. For some freedom means being able to walk without assistance. No one is every truly free unless they are completely without confinement or relationships. I have been reading the Tarzan series. Even then, there is a law of survival that restricts him. If one has a conscience, one is never free. One is bound by honor, duty, integrity, love to respond with others than themselves considered.
But, one can still have a feeling of freedom. Whether I stand on the lawn and breathe or float on the lake in the sunshine. Or perhaps if I gaze into the eyes of one I love, I can feel the essence of freedom. Freedom to love and be loved.
And freedom to love and accept myself. Freedom to choose what to do with time not already committed. Freedom to eat what I want, wear what I want, sleep when I want, where I want, read what I want, watch what movie I want, pray how I want, say what I want. Simple freedoms. Precious. Blood bought. Soldiers and sailors and Savior. Blood bought freedom is mine.
Our lush green lawn, watered with the blood of patriots and adventurers. Warriors and pioneers. Deep breaths of freedom as I look over the open expanse.