the one piece of advice I have found *across the board*, shared by everyone from religious experts to philosophers to psychologists to historians to self-help gurus is this: FEEL GRATITUDE
So, I'm gonna jump on the bandwagon. The move and leaving behind so many things that are so important to me razes me to my emotion ditch more often than I care to admit, so hopefully this sort of thing can help me keep me "bloom where you're planted" mantra in focus.
Lights in the Darkness
I'm not afraid of the dark. But I do appreciate the different view of common things provided by odd light and shadow. And, of course, my life as a chronic insomniac would be so much less productive and interesting were it not for lights in the darkness.
|Roses, ivy, aloe, lavender, etc. on my patio, brightened by a streetlight.|
Tea and Honey
There are songs and poems about it; romantic movie lines you wish you had thought of. All for good reason - there is nothing quite so soothing in life as a cup of tea with honey.
I grow and mix much of my own tea, too; part of the process of calming oneself down from a really stressful day. This particular cup has jasmine, mint, and alfalfa with a tad bit of honey from a beekeeper who sells at that Davidson Farmer's Market. The tea ball is from my sweet mother-in-law, Anne.
Alela Diane's To Be Still
While sitting on your patio, looking at roses, drinking tea with honey. Or at least, that's what I'm doing!