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many things are possible

By Janet Casson

FRI APR 02, 2021

this bounty discovered in Hartford, IA 
(or what I affectionately refer to as Hartfordia)


I have never found a four-leaf clover. 

At least, that used to be my story. My lot in life, I thought. Some people I know seem to be able to spot them a mile away. But not me. 
(sad trombone--wah wah waaahhh!)

Last Sunday, this story changed. I found six four-leaf clovers! Plus, one that had five leaves! (Insert mind-blown emoji) 

And those weren't the only ones. I am convinced that this patch I found...where clover has grown for as long as I have known what clover is, and I'm sure well before that...seemed to only have four-leafed ones. There are so many more where these came from!

I felt like the fellow who made the double rainbow video over a decade ago.
this bounty discovered in Hartford, IA
(or what I affectionately refer to as Hartfordia)


I have never found a four-leaf clover.

At least, that used to be my story. My lot in life, I thought. Some people I know seem to be able to spot them a mile away. But not me.
(sad trombone--wah wah waaahhh!)

Last Sunday, this story changed. I found six four-leaf clovers! Plus, one that had five leaves! (Insert mind-blown emoji)

And those weren't the only ones. I am convinced that this patch I found...where clover has grown for as long as I have known what clover is, and I'm sure well before that...seemed to only have four-leafed ones. There are so many more where these came from!

I felt like the fellow who made the double rainbow video over a decade ago. "What does it mean?!?" Am I going to be especially lucky? In this quantity, do they negate one another?

I don't know. And truly, I didn't spend too much time pondering that. I was far more enamored with the fact that I got to see these beauties, that my mind told me to look down and slow down and to marvel at nature's artistry. What a gift and bounty this moment was.

And there are so many moments like this, my friends.

I have spent a lot of time, too much, perhaps, looking for the "answer," trying to find the "right" path, to discover "meaning" that would tell me how to proceed. In the meantime, not fully appreciating what was right in front of me, not noticing that I was changing, evolving, growing.

Many things are possible. Opportunities for discovery, increased understanding, expansion of knowledge, deep connection do not decrease as life goes on. Not so long as we remain curious, receptive, full of wonder. And if we can do that, who cares if we're doing it right? If we are staying open to possibilities and new perspectives, we are doing life well. I consider that an even better gig.

What is the story you've been telling yourself? Is it true or helpful still? Could you imagine telling a different tale?

What if you were the kind of person who can stand on their head? Who learns a new language? Who engages bravely in difficult conversations? Or who easily finds four-leaf clovers?

Or what if...just what if...you found one with fifty-six?!?*

With eyes open for the bounty of possibilities...
Janet

You are invited to participate in a workshop I have devised called 
Diversity Equity & Inclusion--How to be a better neighbor. 
I have presented this work  in various forms to various audiences over the years.

This 2-part series will provide an introduction to stereotypes, implicit bias, unearned advantages and where we stand in the work of dismantling oppression in all forms.

This workshop will ask participants to examine how long-held beliefs have, perhaps unintentionally, caused harm to those in marginalized communities and how we can step forward, with intention, into this challenging, vital, life-saving work.
7:00-8:30 pm CST 
Thursdays, April 8th & 22nd

$50 for this 2-part training. Proceeds will benefit a Des Moines community-building org TBA.

Sessions will take place via zoom and will not be recorded. 

Register HERE.
You are invited to participate in a workshop I have devised called
Diversity Equity & Inclusion--How to be a better neighbor.
I have presented this work in various forms to various audiences over the years.

This 2-part series will provide an introduction to stereotypes, implicit bias, unearned advantages and where we stand in the work of dismantling oppression in all forms.

This workshop will ask participants to examine how long-held beliefs have, perhaps unintentionally, caused harm to those in marginalized communities and how we can step forward, with intention, into this challenging, vital, life-saving work.
7:00-8:30 pm CST
Thursdays, April 8th & 22nd

$50 for this 2-part training. Proceeds will benefit a Des Moines community-building org TBA.

Sessions will take place via zoom and will not be recorded.

Register HERE.

Spring is springing in my part of the world, and I am getting jazzed for several outdoor yoga opportunities coming up this summer! Stay tuned for some extra special events and opportunities to support our community!

Spring is springing in my part of the world, and I am getting jazzed for several outdoor yoga opportunities coming up this summer! Stay tuned for some extra special events and opportunities to support our community!

Weekly yoga offerings this spring:

Mondays 6 AM All Levels at The Wellmark Y
Mondays 5:45 PM Level Up at Movement Yoga (virtual & in-person)
Mondays 7 PM Slow Jam at Movement Yoga (virtual & in-person)
Tuesdays 9:30 AM Flow Foundations at Movement Yoga (virtual & in-person)
Wednesdays 6 PM Soma Yoga with JCY (virtual)
Thursdays 9:30 AM Level Up at Movement Yoga (virtual & in-person)
Fridays 6 AM All Levels at The Wellmark Y

Interested in learning more about Soma Yoga? Let's talk. I'm offering 5-sessions packages of one-on-one, personalized sessions for just $100. Now is the time to check it out!

*Clover trivia from Wikipedia:

It is debated whether the fourth leaf is caused genetically or environmentally. Its relative rarity (1 in 5,000 clovers[6]) suggests a possible recessive gene appearing at a low frequency. Alternatively, four-leaf clovers could be caused by somatic mutation or a developmental error of environmental causes. They could also be caused by the interaction of several genes that happen to segregate in the individual plant. It is possible all four explanations could apply to individual cases. This means that multiple four-leaf clovers could be found in the same cloverplant.

The most leaves ever found on a single clover stem (Trifolium repens L.) is 56 and was discovered by Shigeo Obara of Hanamaki City, Iwate, Japan, on 10 May 2009.