The Tenth Good Thing About Spring
The day March 20 arrived I felt a palpable change. That date signified the first day of Spring, which in itself was a very good thing. What came with it, for me was a big feeling of renewal, joy, hope and possibility. There is so much to love and be in awe of in Spring. No doubt everyone has their favorites. I’ve come up with my top 10 good things about Spring in no particular order.
“A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period --
When March is scarcely here
A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.”
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The Spring Break season has begun. Judging by reports of the Spring Breakers, you would not think we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Be that as it may, I decided to get into the action. Kind of. I’m not going anywhere, but I thought I’d take a week off from the blog. Sometimes a little less thinking and a little more nothing can create a landing space for new ideas and possibilities. See you next week. You all stay safe and well.
It’s been a long time. It’s been over a year since_(fill in the blank for yourself). For me, it was feeling a paucity of whimsy, imagination and caprice. The most recent lock-down was just lifted. My first mission was undisputed. A friend and I headed straight for the Lemon and Lavender gift shop. That is the place where one can be infused with whimsy, enchantment and fairy dust. Whether any purchases are made or just browsing and visiting with the owners, one cannot help feel more light-hearted and joyful spending some time there.
Truth be told, I was hoping to make a purchase. This would be my version of retail therapy. I found a birthday gift for my granddaughter. Then it was my turn. I hadn’t come across quite what was in mind. I asked Antonella and Christina (the owners) for some suggestions for a whimsical item that we might have missed. Antonella found just the right item. I went a little overboard and bought some lovely, new masks as well.
Thanks to my visit to Lemon and Lavender the fanciful, playful parts of myself were rejuvenated. Our time there was a true happiness booster. What have you been able to do to recreate those things that give you joy and playfulness? It’s really an important pursuit to maintain over all well-being in these stressful, difficult times.
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Covid And Other Aggravations
We are approaching one year of being in and out of lockdowns, other protocols, restrictions, ad infinitum and ad nauseum. Covid has become both a catalyst for and inflamer of many other aggravations. I just went through a week of multiple frustrations that were exacerbated by Covid. I suspect you may have experienced similar irritations.
At this point I was going to share the list of unpleasantries that occurred throughout the week. I was up for a big vent. Then something happened. I’m not sure what it was. It might have been as simple as meeting with my friend who assists me with some tasks at home (being vision impaired), getting groceries and doing other necessary errands. When I sat down to spill all that had gone on during the week, it suddenly seemed like a bad idea. No one needs to have all that negativity spewed at them. It would not do me any good either. So I am leaving the past in the past. I am grateful for having all that gloom dissipate feeling more positive and light-hearted.
Let’s just call it one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad weeks. Sometimes sh*t just happens.
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It’s The Merry Month Of March
My blog for this week was about Covid and other aggravations. The aggravations I was venting about were too fresh and I decided to postpone finishing it. Maybe next week.
Here we are now in the merry month of March. Not sure how merry March will be, but there are some notable, fun days worth mentioning. Some things to look forward to.
We begin with Cinco de Marcho. It’s a real thing. Look it up. Next we move along to Pi (or some might say Pie) Day. The day after Pi warns us to beware the Ides of March. Following is St. Patrick’s Day when we all become Irish. Always fun. The next in line is a double pleasure. Spring begins on the 20th. March 20 is also the United Nations International Day of Happiness. As the month closes we, hopefully, look to better weather, some signs of Spring like daffodils popping their heads up, a few blades of grass pushing their way through the ground and perhaps an appearance of a robin. Thoughts of all these possibilities bring a smile to my face.
There’s one other event I wish would go away. That is daylight saving time. I know, it is nice to have longer daylight hours to do whatever one likes to do with more daylight. Nevertheless, there are so many reasons it ought to be cancelled. Between standard time and DST just pick one and stick with it. I make my case in a previous blog here DST – What Does It Really Save?, if you are interested in reading.
How about having a March tea party. Like the one in Alice in Wonderland with the March Hare and Mad Hatter. Especially when the March Hare offered Alice wine. It’s true. He did. Cheers.
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