I’ve been thinking a lot about savoring the season – not only the Spring, which I am loving, but this season of my life….which I am not loving so much. According to this month’s Fishful Thinking newsletter message from Dr. Karen Reivich, savoring is an important part of happiness. Dr. Reivich suggests thinking about the questions below to help savor Spring:
- What are the signs of spring that you notice first? How do you feel when you notice them?
- What are the scents of spring? What memories do they trigger for you?
- What are your family traditions or rituals around spring (e.g., taking a walk through a favorite park, replanting flowerpots, taking a trip during spring break)?
- What is one thing you can do to help you and your family savor spring more fully this year?
How would you answer these questions?
For me, the daffodils shoots are some of the first signs of Spring that I notice. That and buds on the trees, despite the chill that is almost always still in the air, signal the coming of Spring. I am always so eager for Spring to start (as a California native, I admit I am not a fan of the Winter) and those visual signs make me so happy. The smells of fresh-cut grass and neighbors BBQing mean that Spring is in full-swing. I can close my eyes and remember running through the neighborhood lawns with my best friends when I was a kid.
A lot of our Spring traditions center around Spring Break and Easter. We decorate sugar cookies, dye Easter eggs, go to parks and spend evenings in the court with our neighbors. My camera comes out more often, my photography business starts up again, sandals come out for the next several months, the windows open up, and the fans turn on. I love fresh air. I love the Spring. I even look at the problems and challenges that seemed so huge during the Winter with a slightly brighter outlook.
I am savoring this time.
I am a Fishful Thinking Faculty mom and receive compensation for my time, but the thoughts and words in this post are mine.
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