Gratitude Spiral: Day 325

Today, I’m grateful for the colors I see on my daily walk.

I’m grateful that I don’t need to step far from home to take in the colors that autumn brings right to my own neighborhood.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 321

Today, I’m grateful for time spent outdoors this past weekend.

Something about being outdoors can lift your spirits and lighten any darkness you might be carrying around. This time of year, a brisk walk, taking in the views of changing foliage, can be the best medicine for the soul. I’m grateful for taking time to do just that.

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 42

Today, I’m grateful for my new earmuffs.

I lost a pair last year and missed them terribly. I finally found a new pair. (They’re the kind with a band that goes around the back of your head, instead of on top.) Well, yesterday, I woke with a mild headache that worsened as the day progressed. I had to walk a couple of miles in thirty-something degree weather to pick up my car, which was being serviced. So, I donned my new earmuffs and, surprisingly, their mild pressure on my ears counteracted the headache. By the time I finished my walk, my headache was gone! Who knew? Little miracles. 🙂

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 14

Today, I’m grateful for my morning walks. Yesterday, I was able to get outdoors in the sixty degree weather which melted most of the foot and a half of snow we got last week. There’s just something about being outside surrounded by nature that lifts the soul and does a body good!

What are you grateful for today?

Gratitude Spiral: Day 3

Today, I’m grateful for my two good, healthy legs. Each morning, I slide out of bed (a sort of dismount from my unusually high mattress) and land on my feet. My legs carry me down a flight of stairs to breakfast. Then, I challenge them to a bit of stretching and a thirty-minute walk. What a blessing they are. 🙂

What are you grateful for today?

Thinking Outside

I saw on the news recently that being outdoors is good for one’s mental health. Duh! This is news? There’s something about the trees, the birds, the expansive sky above, the grass or the mountains under your feet. Right? Why do we need studies to prove what we all already know? Just stepping outside, after being cooped up in an office, in front of a computer screen, or in a house doing dishes and laundry, can make your whole being sigh!

So, I try to take daily walks outside, as much for my brain as for my body. When I finished walking this morning, I picked pea pods, a single cuke, a handful of raspberries, and a decent bowlful of blueberries from my gardens. And I brought them inside. But, as I passed all the flowers in the yard, it dawned on me that I never think to bring them inside. I know people who bring cut flowers in all the time. Why haven’t I? I had no answer for myself, so I grabbed the kitchen shears and went back outside to collect a bouquet.

My point is, if being outdoors can make you happy, then why not bring some of the outdoors in? I’ve got garden-fresh fruits and veggies and a lovely bouquet to boost my spirits. What kind of outdoor treasures do you bring indoors?

You know, they don’t even have to be living things. Just reminders of your connection to the great outdoors. Think about it! Think outside! 🙂