She moved slowly, awaking from a long winter of inactivity and melancholy to a warm spring like day. The rain ceased it's relentless tapping on the tin roof and the sun felt warm upon her face. She filled her days with laughter and friends and her nights with cherished reflections of a day full of fun and family. This was my week as I slowly emerged from my winter slumber and ran, no walking allowed this week, into a week of activities, new beginnings and friendships.

We had our first day to open the windows and let the house breathe in the fresh air and fill us with hope that Spring will be here soon. The creeks are full and the sounds are soothing and beckon me to take a nap along their shores. Spring is so close I can smell it, I see it with the daffodils peeking up through the layer of leaves that kept them warm all winter. This coming month we will put the final stages on prepping the garden beds, trees are pruned and waiting for an abundance of fruit to share with friends and family.

I love spring! I love life and the people who make our days cherished memories that we will remember fondly in our golden years. “Friends are the flowers in the garden of life,” Unknown. Our life garden is in full bloom and we are enjoying giving of our abundance through our time spent with others and sharing of our blessings.

I have kept to my New Year’s resolution so far to make more time for those that are closest to me. You know the ones I'm talking about: “There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger and live just a little bit better,” Unknown.

It's been very fulfilling and I'm enjoying that quality one on one time with each of them. I've also extended my friends list and grown the friends who are family group to the point where either I will need a larger house or we will have to hold most of our get-togethers outside to accommodate them all. This seems to be easier to do as we age. With age we seem to learn to value each relationship a little more, we let fewer “little things” bother us and we seek friendships to combat loneliness and fill our days with joy. I'm happy with my commitment to let hurts of the past stay in the past and look forward to each new day. I enjoy trying to come up with new ways to be kind each day and give to everyone I meet. Today the sun was shining and I guess I'm a little sentimental this week but I am so very blessed and without sounding too corny, I hope that each of you can find a reason to smile each day. Practice kindness daily, be forgiving and grateful. Your kindness challenge for the week: Give a stranger a compliment.

“A kind word is like a spring day,” Unknown.

I'm ready for spring aren't you? Make it happen.

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