There is a photo circulating, about Michigan being closed for the day. We are in the middle of a winter weather advisory, with low temperatures and heavy snow accumulations. Living life as a snow globe has its advantages. School closed early, one daughter is at a friend’s house. I’m debating whether to drive to yoga this morning or enjoy my home practice? Getting groceries was on the “to do list," but It can wait a day or two, if needed. Snow days insist we change plans.
Outside my window is a world blanketed in white. Serene, quiet, and calm, falls the snow, gently, one flake at a time. Flakes don’t hurry. Each one is unique, beautiful, and alone, on its own. It floats happily to the ground, meeting up with friends, upon arrival. Snow days remind us to slow down. They give us space for living life; with friends, family, or a cat on the lap. One option I could choose, is to finish reading my book. Choices to be made, each moment, until the next, guide us to remember what matters most.
As the hustle retreats, we can truly enjoy each precious instant, beautiful and unique, like the snowflake. As moments accumulate together, over a lifetime, they create a scene much like a winter wonderland, within a snow globe. It is our responsibility to notice and appreciate the beauty of each unique one.
Susan J. McFarland
January 28, 2019
The first month of the year, provides us with a fresh start and a new beginning. After reflecting on the past year, I’m ready to welcome the new year with its new experiences. After returning from vacation post holidays, I not only unpacked, but reorganized, cleaned, and cleared a large part of my home. I’m not done yet. I probably will never be all done, but fresh starts need clean and clear spaces, in order to have room for the growth they require.
The starting point matters. The environment from which to begin again is important. Whether it be physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional, we must empty our vessel, to understand the base of our beginning. The start of the year is perfect to do this both in home and in body, but it can also be done daily or even throughout the day, if and as needed.
I love clear and organized spaces. If my home is messy, my mind is anxious. Not everyone feels this way, but if you do, starting from a place of tidiness will ease the stress of an over active mind. The worst is when I feel behind on my “to dos," both my mind and body are overwhelmed. Providing time each day for a moment to clear my head space helps ease the unsteady emotions associated with a busy schedule.
Start each today, first my clearing your mind, and then my managing your home of the daily clutter life brings. Done every day, there is less overwhelm and anxiousness. Living in calm and peace is the ultimate goal for the year.
Susan J. McFarland
January 11, 2019