What are you grateful for today? Now, perhaps more than ever, it is important to dwell not on what we can't do or where we can't go, but what we are grateful for right now. Turn off the news, step away from social media, take a few deep breaths, and relax the body. Center your mind enough so it can welcome in only good thoughts. The gloom will try to sneak back in, and perhaps be successful, but keep pushing it away. Think of at least one thing you are grateful for every day. Say it aloud, share it with others, and that gloom won't stand a chance.
I am grateful for my family, especially the four-legged members. They totally get it when I don't want to be interrupted while writing.
I'm grateful for nature, everything from mountains and pine trees to rivers and oceans.
I'm grateful for sunrises and sunsets. One is a reminder that a new day awaits and the other is a reminder to reflect on what has been accomplished.
I am grateful for books. Mine, yes, for I dearly love to write and share the stories with you, but also all books. I am grateful for the written language, for the way it can enrich the mind and spirit, provide knowledge and entertainment, and create better thinkers and a more sympathetic people.
I am grateful for flowers. All kinds of flowers, and in many different colors. I love the way they look, smell, and light up a room. I am grateful that every spring they are waiting to pop up from the thawed earth and give us many months of beauty and joy.
I keep flowers in the house year round, either from fresh cut or forced bulbs, yet there's nothing so satisfying as digging in the dirt.
Gardening is one of my great passions when I'm not writing. The cycle of growth throughout the seasons is akin to an author's life. Both take a tremendous amount of care, and are filled with struggles and beauty.
There's not much to be had this time of year unless one started seeds in a greenhouse, but it only takes a little spot of color to brighten things up.
I love this perennial primrose (Primula vulgaris Belarina).
A close up . . . flowers love the spotlight.
Especially when mixed with the red ranunculus.
More primrose (Primula vulgaris) mixed with yellow pansies. I'm not a fan of pink in the garden, so I tend to go with everything but pink. Corals, of course, have their place.
Just look at those happy faces.
What is one of your favorite spring pastimes? What are you grateful for today?
If you enjoy baking, here's a new recipe for three-berry muffins. They are scrumptious!
Until next time, be well, be kind, be safe!