Wow, it’s amazing what good weather can do to feed a soul! I am writing this just a few days after the weather “turned.” March came in like a lion, and it’s definitely going to go out like a lamb. I love it! I was talking to a friend, and I said I felt as if the weight of the world had come off of my shoulders since the weather started getting warm. No more running to the car to get out of the cold. Lighter jackets. I just feel so much more free!

In the last couple of weeks (even before the weather turned), I have found myself being so much more appreciative of everything that I have in my life. I have turned my focus from the negative to the positive. I start my day…before I even get out of bed…with appreciation. Pretty basic stuff.  You’ve read about that approach in this magazine for almost 29 years. Oops…guess I had fallen off the wagon!

Having the freedom to choose how we are going to start every single day is a gift that we all have. Now, this does not mean that we can change anything or anybody outside of ourselves. What it does mean is we can choose how we are going to handle OURSELVES and how WE are going to be today. We can make a decision as to whether or not we are going to learn and grow and seek our joy. We can make a decision that we are going to look for things every day that feel good—and say thank you when it comes our way.

I will be turning 60 on July 1st. I have been doing a lot of reflecting on the last decade. (I have a tendency to do that on my decade birthdays. My decade birthdays have all seen large shifts in my life. Always good.) These past 10 years have been a decade that has seen the birth of my first and second grandchildren; the passing of my husband, Jim; and the venture into my new business, Bricks & Mortar Bar and Bistro. I am not the same person I was when I turned 50. I have grown and learned.

“Falling off the wagon” is not a bad thing. I know that before we know what we want, we have to know what we don’t want. We all have the freedom to make a new decision…every single day! Best way to get there? Appreciation! Appreciate every single good thing that comes to you today. I am!

Positive Thought of the Month
“When we are ready to make positive changes in our lives, we attract whatever we need to help us.” —Louise Hay


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