From The Innkeepers



Extraordinary Times April 2020-The Virus that has taken over our lives.

These are extraordinary times with much uncertainty and accompanied by newfound stressors.  But often when our inner resources are called upon to cope with dire circumstances it can be a pivot point for the awakening to live for that which really matters most- our loved ones, our family members and friends, our commitments in our life’s work.  In a time when we are told to keep our social distance we need to imagine creative ways to make and keep our connections.  We need to share rather than hoard.  We need to find ways to bring joy rather than succumb to the fear.  We need to be agents of healing in a time of division and separation, whether the separation is physical, emotional, or ideological.

 One of the most grounding practices of my life is that of being grateful.  It is my goal each day to express my gratitude often.  At night before falling asleep, I think of the people and moments in my life both past and present and utter a prayer of gratitude for how they helped shape my days in a positive way.  Reaching out with gratitude gives life meaning.  At the very core of us, all we ever want or need is to be remembered and appreciated.  Do so as often as you can, with whoever you can, whenever you can.

I want to leave you with a couple of thoughtful ideas that you may find helpful:

“When life feels too big to handle, go outside.

Everything looks smaller when you are standing under the sky.”  L.R.Knost

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.

Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”   Marie Curie

So, go out to look at the stars soon. Be peaceful, be well, be safe, be resilient, be fearless.

Know that the three of us here at the Rustic Gate miss all of you, especially those who were scheduled to be here at this time. You have been woven into the fabric of our lives for the past 17 years and we look forward to the day when you can grace us with your presence, and we can share time together here once again.

A virtual loving embrace to you all.

Marcia, Pat, and Sharon