It’s that time of year we all love, the weather is getting warmer, sun is shining, and we get to spend our free time outdoors. This also means the work is just beginning for a lot of us too: yard work, gardens, house maintenance, and usually a list of projects you would love to have completed by Fall. This can be a little daunting; I have a lot of yard clean up each Spring before I can even move forward to the next thing on my list but I don’t really mind. I think of all of this work as love and attention for our home; knowing that others have done the same for the last 130+ years and now we have the privilege each year to get this grand ‘ol gal ready for another Summer of celebrations, drinks on the porch with friends, and whatever projects we may complete, not getting hung up that we didn’t accomplish everything on that list (and with this fixer upper we probably never will, and that’s ok too). Seeing the results of our hard work and enjoying our big yellow house make the long dirty hours for this labor of love worth it. Stay positive about your spring cleaning projects, it is always worth the effort in the end, and it just may not seem like something you have to do anymore but something you want to do.
“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? (136-137)”
― Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras
Smile at someone this weekend, help create a plague of joy in your community and your life, it is available to each and every one of us, free of charge. Now that is a good deal.
At one of my first jobs I ever worked there was a gal with a smile that lit up the room with her infectious high energy spirit and dynamite personality. Her parting words to everyone were always “Stay Positive” regardless of what they had been talking about, for how long, or if they were even in a good mood or not. I realize now she was planting the seed of positivity in everyone she came in contact with, what a good Samaritan! I saw this beautiful posting this week and can’t help but share it and be reminded of her. As we start this new fresh season full of possibilities I want the first seed I plant this spring to be one of positivity and ask you to Stay Positive.