I must say, I have thoroughly enjoyed this winter - but, I'm beginning to look forward to Spring. I was having a conversation with my mailman, Mike, yesterday where he was talking about his garden. Then he said, "What I'm really looking forward to is your tulips coming up." Me too, Mike. Me too.
Our first Spring in this house we were delighted to find a few tulip plants come up in the front yard. Then, my husband was horrified to come home from work one day and find that I had cut them to bring in the house. I told him that I couldn't enjoy them out there under the window, so I brought them inside where I could enjoy them. After all, why should I have something that I'm not able to enjoy?
That Fall we planted 50 gazillion tulip bulbs which lit up the whole front of the house and walk-way last Spring. Evidently, we weren't the only ones who enjoyed them.
My sunflowers were another example of this. I had so many neighbors tell me how much they enjoyed watching my sunflowers grow summer before last. I didn't get them planted last year. But this year I plan on planting three different varieties.
It was that conversation with Mike-the-mailman yesterday that made me realize that the beauty we create for our own enjoyment just seems to spill over onto everyone else. I think this principle applies to a lot more than flowers, too. I believe that when we take the time to create a place, a life that we love - it not only touches us, but it touches others in a positive way, too. So, I'm thinking that maybe, just maybe I don't just have to look forward to Spring - but I can create it today, everyday, by just choosing to spread a little sunshine. Wouldn't that be nice?