An Invitation for this week
Make a list of things that lift your spirits and do one every day.
If at all possible, get outdoors for at least 20 minutes every day -preferably a park, a garden, green space, or near the water.
Look up when it gets dark and see if you can identify a planet, constellation, satellite, and gaze at the moon.
Make a list of people you like who you have not been in contact with and reach out to at least one of them.
Consider the basics:
- Food and water
- The company of others
A Second Invitation
Choose one thing from the basics to focus on this week. Pick the one that needs a little practice and zoom in on what would be of most value to you if you would do that one thing every day. Don’t go overboard. See Examples:
Sleep – Go to bed at the same time every night this week
Food and water – maybe you need more vegetables – add one extra vegetable each day to your plate or two extra glasses of water each day if you are not getting enough. It’s up to you.
You get the picture
Whenever we are struggling, whether it is with illness, caregiving, loneliness, or fractured relationships… it is important to see ourselves playing an active role in our own treatment and our own life. Don’t wait for others to solve our problems. Read, research, ask questions – investigate and take action. Don’t overlook the basics. They appear so obvious and ordinary, yet they are easy to neglect and they play an outsized role in the quality of our everyday life.
Always humor If we orient ourselves towards humor, we can find many opportunities during our day to have a chuckle or a smile. And it simply improves our well-being. It isn’t just joke telling but more often tender storytelling that makes us smile or laugh.
All of these suggestions can fit into our daily lives. Play with them. Make them your own. Enjoy.See what happens.
1:) Lord love a duck – for those of you who enjoy ducks here is a five min video of BC’s beautiful ducks. It is also an opportunity to enjoy some of the benefits of nature when you are not able to get outdoors. Watch here.
2:)I Know a Cure for Sadness by Hafiz
“I know a cure for sadness:
Let your hands touch something that makes your eyes smile.
I bet there are a hundred objects close by that can do that.
Look at beauty’s gift to us-
Her power is so great she enlivens
The earth, the sky, our soul.”
3:) Thank you, all of you, for coming by to read these scribblings. I am honoured to have your company. May you not resist the abundance and hopefulness of spring. Where there’s life there is hope, someone said. Warmest wishes, Trudy