Corey Bullock file.

Corey Bullock file.

Farm life: How time has forced us to slow down

I feel as though I say this each and every month but I cannot believe July is coming to an end. Summer is so fleeting. This year has been a whirlwind. When I look back on stories I wrote in February and March it feels like an eternity ago, yet it has come and gone so quickly.

I’ve been busy though, and I think that is partially why time is passing so swiftly. My to-do list seems to remain a mile long no matter what I do. Every time I cross something off another task gets added. This is good for me, I don’t do well being bored. I must pause and remember to take in the little moments however, because they are the ones that bring colour and joy and beauty to every day life.

Sometimes when I’m in my garden I am both overwhelmed and overjoyed with how far it has come. What was once a giant pile of weeds and pine needles is now a blooming oasis abound with flowers and fruits and vegetables and beneficial insects (for the most part). It is a true testament of time passing, of seasons changing.

If anything good has come from this pandemic, it’s the forced slow-down of life. The ability to sit back and watch the birds in flight, the sun set behind the mountains. During pre-covid times I still had such an appreciation for nature and all of the good it brings to my every day life, but the hustling, bustling busy-body in me has a renewed appreciation for all things simple and pure.

Despite the fact that this pandemic has made many people sick, taken many lives, and devastated the global economy, there is something to be said about how it has forced us to take a look at what matters. To slow down. To spend time with our families and be creative. I’ve read so many blog posts and articles about how it has made people think about what truly matters.

One thing I cannot wrap my head around though, is how people are treating one another. In grocery stores, on the streets, and especially online. We all need to work together. We need compassion and kindness and understanding.

My advice to anyone and everyone? Turn off your phone for a while. Take a walk in nature. Smile. Observe the birds, the chipmunks, the sky above you. What do you smell? What to do hear? What truly matters to you?

Time will pass no matter what, so spend it doing the things you love. Spend it with the people you love (if you can) and know that there is good in the world. There is beauty, sunshine, laughter and hope. In the words of Banksy, “if you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Interior Health update. File photo.
86 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Interior Health

The new deaths are from Heritage Square, a long-term care facility in Vernon

Wolf photo by Brian Hay
2020 hunting season review and wildlife update: Part III

This is Part III of a three-part series by F.J. Hurtak, looking at the issues of the 2020 hunting and wildlife management season

1914
It happened this week in 1914

Jan. 10 - 16: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the newspapers at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

Piling in place along Innis Avenue in Cranbrook, part of the new Broadstreet Properties development. David Humphrey photo
Innis Avenue to close to all traffic starting January 18

Avenue facing new development will be closed from Monday, Jan. 18 to Thursday, Jan. 21, for sewer connection

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
‘Targeted’ shooting in Coquitlam leaves woman in hospital

The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in what police believe to be a targeted shooting Saturday morning

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

Standardized foundation skills assessment tests in B.C. schools will be going ahead later than usual, from Feb. 16 to March 12 for students in Grades 4 and 7. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. teachers say COVID-affected school year perfect time to end standardized tests

Foundational skills testing of Grade 4 and 7 students planned for February ad March

Sooke’s Jim Bottomley is among a handful of futurists based in Canada. “I want to help people understand the future of humanity.” (Aaron Guillen - Sooke News Mirror)
No crystal ball: B.C. man reveals how he makes his living predicting the future

63-year-old has worked analytical magic for politicians, car brands, and cosmetic companies

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Terry David Mulligan. (Submitted photo)
Podcast: Interview with longtime actor/broadcaster and B.C. resident Terry David Mulligan

Podcast: Talk includes TDM’s RCMP career, radio, TV, wine, Janis Joplin and much more

Most Read