Anyone who knows me... knows I have a deep and abounding love of ferns.
One of my favorites (course, they all are in my favorites) is the interrupted fern (osmunda claytoniana).
After searching a little on them, I found that they are named after the botanist John Clayton. That these ferns were known to have grown (as evidenced by fossil specimens) in Europe; as far back as the Triassic period. That the early Native American used them medicinally for blood disorders and venereal disease (who knew?!).
For me, I have mainly seen them as ornamental plants in gardens... but there is also a vast number of them that grow wild in the woods here. And so, it was with great delight that I was able to take photos of some of them this past week.
And, ironic... that it is these "interrupted" ferns that I predominantly took photos of to be featured on today's post.... when my life in the past few hours... seems to have suddenly and inexplicably been interrupted.
Sometimes, things seem to be going along really well... the occasional minor set-back or glitch... but all things considered... moving along... moving smoothly... even getting ahead (dare I say) in some areas...
when WHAMO...POW!... kerplunk... there it goes.
So what do you do?
Well... I ranted and raved for a few minutes.
Then, realizing I had little (if any) control over the situation... decided to just "suck it up" and do the best I could given what I had to work with.
It's all any of us can do really.
Realize how badly we messed up, neglected, set aside, got behind... failed in one way or another the task at hand... due to our fault... or someone else ... or the universe... or it being Thursday... or whatever the case may be.
It really doesn't matter. It is what it is.
And sometimes there's only so much you can do with a situation that sucks.
Take a deep breath.
Know that you are not the only one.
You are not the first; nor will you be the last... to fail.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Here are some links I found when doing a google search on "what to do when it all falls apart."
--by Erin Pavlina (intuitive counselor and writer)
--by Jeff Haden (author, business and tech expert)
--via the Nerd Fitness website
--by Carolyn Elliott (writer, psychic, author)
--by Elle Sommer (motivational speaker)