Today started with a strange juxtaposition – the sight of a few errant, spring snowflakes falling on my pots of almost opened tulips, just outside the kitchen window.
I have been so full of embracing the associations of spring – newness, fresh starts, beauty, new potentials – and incorporating them into my daily activities and mindset, that the snowflakes came as a surprise. The ghost of winter, hovering over my sprightly spring mood.
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”-Epicurus
It made me think- am I, we, sometimes guilty of being overly prescriptive? Do we hold a fixed view of how we want and expect things to be, rather than being open every day to the often tiny, but very real, opportunities for appreciation? Today, here are 20 things you can do, to embrace the potential of the day:
- Go outside and enjoy the fresh air
- Read a book
- Bake something and share it
- Contact a friend
- Connect with your family
- Sing your favourite song
- Try to paint or draw something
- Play with your pet
- Work in the garden
- Tidy your drawers
- Do some exercise
- Notice the sky
- Talk to your neighbours
- Smile at people
- Research a place you’d like to visit
- Go to a park and enjoy the space
- Enjoy a meal
- Do something kind for someone else
- Be grateful!