A breath of fresh air
The house always feels so bare once the Christmas decorations come down. I'm always a little shocked at how sparse things appear. But I'm not ready for more excess. My eyes need a rest. I need simplicity. I need white flowers.
Simple or sumptuous, solitary or stunningly massed, they are always satisfying. Somehow that lack of competing hues lets the true essence of the blossom shine. Pared down to perfection, they are almost zen like in the tranquility they give me.
Some of my favorites are readily available at the grocery store.
Paper white narcissus
So why not treat yourself to a little preview of coming attractions. Enjoy.
New Year's Resolutions - and why I don't make them.
It's that time of year again when folks take a long look in the mirror and come up with a list of what in their lives needs "fixing". The lists alway contains many don'ts and won'ts and puritanical does and shoulds.
What a depressing way to start a new year.
I abandoned the idea years ago. I've reached a stage in my life where I can be pretty honest with myself.
I am not a complete Neanderthal
I'm capable of introspection and think it's not a bad idea to go a little deeper this time of year.
Last year I came across a great exercise for setting the intention of your year. (sorry I can't remember the original source)
5. Keep the list somewhere you'll see it often. I have mine as a screensaver on my phone.
6. Use those words as a guide when planning your days and year. Ask yourself, does this behavior make me feel (fill in the blank)?
7. Set your course accordingly.
I can't guarantee you will be able to check off an impressive list of accomplishments by year's end, but you will definitely have a head start on the happiness trail.