This weekend I puttered around in my garden. I have been committed to using my Dwelling Well journal to keep myself focused on what fills my soul. It’s been helpful to form new little self-care wellness rituals, make lists of positive things I can do, ponder and think about. Hopeful things. That’s what fills me right now.
While I was outside enjoying a little sunshine on my face, I stopped to listen to the waterfall in our neighbor’s yard and the birds chirping in the trees. The birds have no idea what’s going on in the world. They don’t seem to worry much. They just sing, tending to their little nests and caring for their babies.
I wandered around the yard for a bit longer, reminding myself of all the plants that are about to bloom. I’m especially excited for the lilacs, hydrangeas and peonies. I thought about what vegetables we should plant in our garden. Little things to look forward to definitely give a sense of hope!
Before I came back inside, I cut a few fresh blooms. Here’s where I must confess: the day wasn’t all sunshine and flowers. I stepped in some dog poo as I reached over my head to clip a pretty pink camellia from a high branch. Oh, no you don’t. No poo is going to bring me down today. I tossed the shoe with the poo aside and continued on into the house unfazed. I brought the flowers in the kitchen and arranged most of them in one of my favorite little pitchers. So pretty! Then I put together a bouquet of flowers for my simple spring bunny centerpiece.
Puttering in the garden was rather theuraPOOtic, you might say. But even so, time in the garden always does my soul good. :)
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse
What could you do for a little self care today?