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it’s the first day of spring y’all

Happy official first day of Spring! This is my absolute favorite season, hands down. Things are getting warmer, brighter, and just all around happier! (Not to mention, it’s the season of my birthday…just to make things even more awesome). I think it stands true that the weather change definitely brings about a change in the atmosphere, and in the environment that surrounds you.

So, this week I noticed a couple things that literally hit me. I didn’t realize or really pay attention to the details. First, I was sitting in our kitchen, and the blinds were open. It was a pretty clear day outside. I was having one of those moments where I was staring off into space, but all of a sudden I noticed that one of our growing trees in the background was sprouting green buds. This was not there the day before. It’s like it literally happened overnight. Then, yesterday, I was driving to work, did my normal work thing, and as I was coming home, I realized that the trees that line the entrance of our neighborhood were in complete full bloom. Okay, that for sure wasn’t there that morning.

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the trees that line the entrance of our neighborhood; so gorgeous in the spring time!

It was so amazing to see the beauty of spring literally appear before my eyes. And I couldn’t help but smile and marvel at the amazingness of nature.

I think there’s an important lesson we can learn from this season. When I think of spring, I think of rejuvenation and revival. After being cooped up inside all winter long, covered from head to toe in sweatshirts and fleece pants and wool socks (or is that just me?), it’s nice to be able to breathe again. It’s nice to be able to literally take in fresh air. There is definitely a rejuvenation and a revival in me the minute that the sun starts shining a little bit more and the days become a bit more longer. It’s that feeling of “I’m going to conquer and take on whatever feat and whatever challenge comes my way.”

As the flowers are blooming, and developing into something beautiful, I am reminded of our own constant development. We are never the same person we were just two minutes ago. And as cliche and ridiculous as this sounds, we are constantly blooming into something more and more beautiful each day. And that is the beauty of spring–shedding off the layers upon layers of things and just stuff that is holding us back…the layers that are hindering us from achieving our goals. With the rejuvenation that comes with spring, we’re able to shed those layers and really take on the task at hand.

Who says resolutions can only be made on January 1? I think the spring time is one of the prime times to set goals for yourself and really get to work with them. You always have the chance to start again. So why not take a lesson from the nature that surrounds you? Everything around us is coming to life again. It’s time for us to come to life too. Refresh, revive, rejuvenate.  Happy Spring!

*The image at the top of the post is one of the trees that line our neighborhood. The perfect capture of spring in a photograph. 

 

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a springtime daily encouragement

How wonderfully appropriate for such a beautiful almost-official spring day!

“There may be times when life seems gloomy and dull. When we feel stuck in some situation or other, when we are negative toward everything, when we feel lost and bewildered, not sure which way to turn–at such times we must transform our passive mind-set and determine, “I will proceed along this path,” “I will pursue my mission today.” When we do so a genuine springtime arrives in our hearts, and flowers start to blossom.”         –Daisaku Ikeda

Happy Day!

it’s a sunshiny day

Let’s keep it simple. Today was a good day, for no good reason. Spring is in the air, the sun was out in who knows how long, and it was just a good day. I was at the gym, in the middle of some russian twists, when I just began to smile. It was a good day. Later, when I was driving back home, I noticed how sky-blue the sky was. It was just one of those things where you could tell it was going to be a good day.

Later on, I participated in Memphis City Schools ThinkShow. ThinkShow is where students from across the city school district participate in projects based on different themes. I had the privilege to judge the projects from K-8 at Douglass School in Memphis. Spending my afternoon with the students, and learning about different countries, animals, and even the school’s passion for raising money for a well in Sudan was so incredible.

I don’t think we learn to appreciate the simple things until we actually experience them. There was nothing special about today. It was just another Thursday. But, it was a Thursday filled with sunshine, laughter, and hope, and that is what made today a better than good day.

If we look for the pleasure in the simple things, having a conversation with an elementary school student, enjoying the brilliance of the sun, or even just jamming out to your newest music obsession, there’s no room left for annoyance or frustration.

There’s not a lot I really want to say today, but just that it was a good day. Today was just another story to share on my journey to the Truth.

“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” –Isaac Newton