The sound of the birds chirping. Everything gets green. The flowers start budding and there is beautiful color everywhere. You take off the layers of clothing and look forward to going out. You don’t mind doing things because the heavy burden of winter gear is all over with and put out of sight. Everything is better. Everything feels better. Everything looks better. You are better.
Time to spring clean. You clean the windows and open them throughout the house so the air begins to flow and you actually feel your connection to the universe. You hear the birds singing, watch the squirrels chasing one another, and hear the people as they walk by with their dogs. You want to freshen up the house, take out the summer clothes and catch some of the rays of the sun while you feel this renewal within you and all around you. You have energy again. You walk with a bounce. You clean with the music playing and you find that you are looking forward. You are looking forward to the warm weather and the season of summer and of being outside.
While you are cleaning everything outside: the house, the walls, the windows, the furniture, the lawn, the garden, what about the internal cleaning? How do you clean up your spirit? How do you clean up your mindset? How do you clean up your attitude? You already feel your winter blues lifting. The weather alone makes you happier and hopeful. Now is the time to clean up whatever thought patterns that have been bringing you down or standing in your way of moving forward. Allow yourself to grow with the garden.
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I received the following in an email that I just felt had to be shared. Although it came with magnificent photographs that I couldn’t copy, I believe these are thoughts to be shared. Enjoy and continue sharing.
A Birth Certificate shows that we were born
A Death Certificate shows that we died
Pictures show that we live!
Have a seat. Relax . . .
And read this slowly.
That just because two people argue,
It doesn’t mean they don’t love each other.
And just because they don’t argue,
It doesn’t mean they do love each other.
That we don’t have to change friends if
We understand that friends change
That no matter how good a friend is,
They’re going to hurt you,
Every once in a while
And you must forgive them for that.
That true friendship continues to grow,
Even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.
That you can do something in an instant
That will give you heartache for life.
That it’s taking me a long time
To become the person I want to be.
That you should always leave loved ones with Loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.
That you can keep going long after you think you can’t.
That we are responsible for what
We do, no matter how we feel.
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.
That heroes are the people
Who do what has to be done
When it needs to be done,
Regardless of the consequences.
That my best friend and I
Can do anything or nothing
And have the best time.
That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down will be the ones to help you get back up.
That sometimes when I’m angry
I have the right to be angry, but that
Doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.
That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had
And what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.
That it isn’t always enough,
To be forgiven by others.
Sometimes, you have to learn
To forgive yourself.
That no matter how bad
Your heart is broken,
The world doesn’t stop for your grief.
That our background and circumstances
May have influenced who we are, but,
We are responsible for who we become.
That you shouldn’t be
So eager to find out a secret.
It could change your life forever.
Two people can look at the exact same
Thing and see something totally different.
That your life can be changed
In a matter of hours
By people who don’t even know you.
That even when you think
You have no more to give,
When a friend cries out to you,
You will find the strength to help.
That credentials on the wall
Do not make you a decent human being.
That the people you care about
Most in life
Are taken from you too soon.
That you should send this to
All of the people that you believe in.
I just did.
‘The happiest of people don’t necessarily have
the best of everything;
They just make the most of everything they have.
HAVE A WONDERFUL AND BLESSED DAY!
TOO POWERFUL AND TRUE…NOT TO PASS ON
Today was one of “those days” again. It seems like there have been more of “those days” than days that bring a bounce to your walk and smile to your face. There is a lot of sadness, frustration, unhappiness in this world we live in. It seems everywhere you look, you see this discontent and everyone you speak with seems to be experiencing the same “tone” in life. The news brings us nothing but the top 20 worst events of the day. People are struggling to make ends meet and if someone is fortunate enough to be employed they are feeling underappreciated, underpaid,understimulated, uninterested or unsatisfied with their work. It’s very hard to stay positive when negativity permeates the very air you breathe! Sometimes you have to look at the little things and find pleasure. Sometimes you have to appreciate the “little successes” to get past the negativity and appreciate.
So what do you need to do to put that bounce back in your step and smile back on your face? How do you let the negativity go through you and not stick? How do you let it flow like the wind, simply brushing by without really becoming a part of you? You have to learn to sort of slip and slide letting it just pass you by. One way to slip and slide is to practice gratitude. If you go through life focusing on what you are grateful for, concentrating on what really counts, you may be able to slip and slide around those moments filled with negativity. Get into the habit of spending time each day focusing on what you are grateful for. Begin a gratitude list and add to it each and everyday. If you are struggling with negativity, stop, take a deep breath and begin to count your blessings. Take inventory of the gifts you have been given in this life. Once you begin to truly appreciate those gifts, you will find a smile return to your face and maybe even a bounce in your step. Learn to slip and slide. Let the windfall of negativity just breeze by you. Focus on what really counts. Focus on the gifts. Be grateful and appreciate.
Relax and enjoy: