A Morning Ritual


There is a small garden where there are a few saplings to be planted. A fertilizer bag remains untouched for more than a month now after its arrival. There is a spade glistening in the early morning sun. You are at your lethargic best, though not to be blamed as the situation is like that. Nobody wants to venture out as everything has become virtual. In fact everyone wants you to be at home. All establishments unlike of old times, do not want you at their door step. So travel has cut down and that can be seen while you measure yourselves at the navel.

Now, let us do this. Imagine the following. Take the spade, dig the ground at multiple places to plant the saplings, put some fertilizer from the bag, put back the mud around the plants. Amble across to the tap, switch it on, take the water pipe and water the plants that are newly planted and the others. Give an occasional spray at the chirping sparrows and other birds who hover around the pools to take a quick drink or a bath as is their custom. Now that you have read this, close your eyes and do the above activity imagining each and every detail.

If you enjoyed doing this virtual activity, either repeat it daily morning, or take it offline by running to the nearby nursery to get a few saplings and plant them in real at your place, and repeat the watering and fertilizer activities daily.

19 thoughts on “A Morning Ritual

    1. Yes Sir. So what if we can’t go out. We can imagine ourselves at a beach or at a river bank or at a place of worship. The possibilities are endless..

  1. There is something about morning rituals…. this morning – first snow and sun had me out the door and walking my trails into the field not long after dawn – such a natural high – I don’t do this every day because I like morning sun here in Maine this time of year. Cloudy days keep me nestled in and writing… but sunny winter mornings are a different matter – in the pines I hear all the birds singing and for a moment in time feel like all is well. It isn’t until I get home that I remember the horror – today is election day in the US – a country gone insane. And who knows what is ahead. Violence is a given. Just the fact that I was so much in the present “I forgot” speaks to the power of morning rituals – whatever they are – to sustain us… I do love your story but I think its important to get outside to do something.

    1. Yes there is nothing to beat the outdoors but considering the raging epidemic, one can spent some time imagining your favorite pastimes or create new ones.. Yes hope good sense prevails and you get the right person at White House…

      1. if we don’t we will be in worse trouble than we already are – gosh, it is truly scary.
        Violence is a real threat now thanks to this mentally incompetent person who models crazy behavior as “NORMAL”.

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