Early this morning, I rolled out my cat-scratched, hole-poked mat once again and pressed Shuffle for my yoga tunes. With bones shouting and muscles complaining, I ebbed and flowed through my poses. I ended in the calming tree pose with one leg bent and a foot to my knee. Well…almost to my knee. My arms stretched from my heart to the sky. Gazing out the window, I saw a tree staring at me. Oddly enough, it posed in mirror image to me. We bent and swayed together in a ridiculous dance…the tree buffeted by wind…I battered by age. I was struck by the intricate balance between humanity and nature. And when that balance is betrayed, both are damaged.

During my practice, I thought of the profound connection humans have with one another and the world. It’s forged by kindness, spirit, compassion, goodness, pain, loss and love. If broken along any of those bonds, balance is restored by selfless acts. Caring for our planet and one another. Respecting God’s love for His world and creations.

After gaining stillness and centering from yoga, I washed my sweaty face. Started my computer for storytelling. I’ve submitted two picture books recently and am a player in the “Waiting Game.” Or is it the “Praying Game”? Well-loved, KIDLIT guru Julie Hedlund (“12 x 12 Challenge”) says, “Passion, patience, and perseverance.” True about life, too.

For a change, I’m writing a YA historical fiction novel. My 13-year-old neighbor and I had text-brainstormed the overall arc. Each week, she begs for the next chapter’s draft, returning it within the hour plastered with notes. A true teenage taskmaster!

In MAY, I’m playing host for the annual KS/MO SCBWI Critique Group online event. The humorous Christine Schmidt, author extraordinaire, is a marvelous organizer. With my group of five, I’ve discovered fun, authentic, encouraging, and supportive writers. What more could we ask of strangers? Perhaps storytelling connects “goodness” across the globe.

Within our surreal environments, the new “normal” will not be the old “normal,” if there ever was a “normal.” Finding balance within the changes takes time and effort. The delicate connection depends on us caring enough to act. Selfless acts come is all sizes. We’re fully equipped give one every day. To create a world where we wake up grateful for living. Radiating all light possible…even in the worst of circumstances…even as we make mistakes…sheltering within our homes and friendships. We are enough.

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