Life is a Gift—Open it!
Ah, the joy and excitement of spring is in the air.
The migratory birds are making their way back to the northern states and provinces, the trees are displaying life in numerous small buds, and the brown grass is soaking in the warm spring sunshine and heat to soon show off its radiant green color.
Those of us who enjoy the outdoors start anticipating summer bike rides, picnics, campfires, and long warm sunny days.
You can almost see the bounce in everyone’s steps as the last of the snow melts into the ground and the rays of the sun begin to warm your face when you step outside.
It’s absolutely glorious!
Spring buds truly ignite enthusiasm
It seems like no matter how many springs we’ve all been through, the season still motivates us to do the routine spring cleaning: dust off the bikes, sweep out the garage, clean out the closets, shake the rugs, and look forward to another warm summer ahead.
We catch each other smiling more, laughing more, and making more plans to be active and outdoors.
It’s such an exciting season of the year as flowers start to bloom and people come out of their homes after being cooped up for months.
Isn’t life a gift!?
The spring thaw certainly makes us cherish warm weather but it also makes me think about how every season of the year is to be cherished.
In fact, life itself should be cherished.
It was only a few years ago at this time that I was watching both my dad and one of my best friends put on heroic fights for their lives with cancer while my mom began to exhibit all the telltale signs of full-blown dementia.
It was one of the hardest times of my life and yet it was a period of growth for me as well. It made me think once again: we have been given a gift…life!
None of us knows how long we will have that gift but while we do we need to open it, play with it, share it with others, and enjoy every minute we have with it.
It’s precious. It’s awesome. It’s short. It’s beautiful.
We need to see life as spring every day. We need to be motivated to clean out our closets and make plans as every day can be a fresh start with new growth.
As I sit at the table typing out my thoughts with a view of the last faint snow piles about to melt away for the season, I’m anticipating my upcoming trip up north.
My calendar has events with friends and family: lunch dates, pickle ball dates, trips, walks, and excursions that make my heart beat excitedly.
What does your calendar look like?
Is your life jam packed with monotonous stuff to do or is it full of events and activities that will make you smile with friends and family members?
Are you filled with anticipation as you’ve marked your calendar with fun ventures? Does it make you feel like spring is here when you look at it? For the most part, it should!
Yes, life has its daily routines and somewhat boring to dos along with heart breaking situations, but it’s also a gift to be opened, used, and cherished.
If that’s not your take on things right now, make that your spring challenge.
You’ll be so glad you did!