Today is the first day of Spring. A colorful season where flowers bloom, leaves make a triumphant return and birds and baby animals greet us with their presence.
When Barney was with me, my entire routine revolved around him. I got a furry wake up call at 4:00 am every day and I in turn posed the same question to him daily, “Do you want to go to the office with Mommy?” His reaction five days a week never wavered. He would run down the stairs and bark impatiently to let me know he was ready to get into the car to head south for the next 10 minutes.
When our daily routines are interrupted as they are right now, we can feel lonely, depressed or just totally out of sorts. Loss of what once was can literally hold us hostage.
This is when we must still our minds and breathe deeply. It’s our time to realize the “pause” button has been activated.
We must be strong enough to not let a glitch in our routines take away our gift of appreciating the moment because we are so worried about the future. Make time to read that book that has been gathering dust on your nightstand, be creative with your children that are home from school or take a hot shower or bath and light some candles to provide a momentary sense of calm.
We will one day realize that there is another season right around the corner with the promise to amaze us all. Our routines will go back to normal and hopefully we will be able to show more gratitude for these simple, delicious pleasures.