Message from Gail Sharp
As I write this, Russia has just invaded Ukraine and the horrors of warfare are coming to the world once again.
In the strange way our mysterious universe works, the scheduled speaker at Friday's Rotary meeting was Bob Rose, a champion for world peace and one of our very own Rotarians. He has been working on behalf of world peace for many years, teaching peace and reconciliation classes both at the graduate level and for children. Incredible people like Bob are out there working tirelessly to alleviate war and hate and fighting. They are helpers, like Mr. Rogers talked about.
I will try hard to focus this week on Bob's talk and do whatever I can to promote peace and positivity in this tough time. Honestly, right now, I'm struggling to keep in a joyful space - and maybe you are, too. This past week, with four nights at below zero temperatures at my ranch, worrying about my farm animals being miserable has depleted me. That, and sorrow over several dear friends who are fighting serious illness and aging, is kicking my butt. February, my least favorite month, has
brought such challenges.
As I've done in the past, in the midst of winter's cold and dark, I pulled out a favorite short book that I received as a party favor at a fraternity dance (YES!) over 40 years ago. Titled "...and spring shall come" by Dean Walley, it has beautiful illustrations of winter and of sleeping seeds hidden in the harsh stark landscape, waiting for warmth and sun.
"And so it is, in our own hearts...when we are lost in a winter of discontent or loneliness or sorrow...our spring shall come."
I send warm wishes for hope and renewal and peace to you. We will hang onto each other and move forward. Spring shall come, indeed.
Gail Sharp is the owner of TallGrass Spa and Salon. Email her at email@example.com .