Small Steps in the Right Direction

Dear Friends,

The sun is shining. I feel the warmth on my shoulders and close my eyes. A cool breeze brushes my arm and the roar of an airplane’s engine reaches my ears. I count my blessings on this Sunday morning as I do every day, admitting that there are still many things I take for granted. Today, I will slow down and not waste a single moment on things that are not important. Breathe, look around you and count your own many blessings.

We are collectively beginning a hopeful journey to in-person socialization as large numbers of us receive vaccinations. A friend commented recently that it was both surprising and encouraging to learn of loosening restrictions in some places that have given the green light for sports teams to host their games at full capacity. We should still be cautious but taking baby steps are necessary to enjoy the rhythm of the season and boost economies everywhere.

It is the month of June! The blooms are colorful and plentiful wherever my eyes land. I have been watering and fertilizing my plants regularly and recall a cousin’s pronouncement that consistency and nurturing were required if I really wanted my plants to be at optimum health. Every time I see a new bud, I feel rewarded for my devotion and grateful that I listened to an expert! The good habits acquired in houseplant care are slowly making their way to other areas of my life. Small steps but in the right direction.

I have been doing volunteer work most of my life. As I have mentioned in other messages, the end of June is the conclusion of my term as a board member for the Hogar de Ancianos. It has been a rewarding 5 years but now it is time to let someone else have the chance to serve the community. After much introspection, I have come to the conclusion that balance in my life at this point is a priority. I fall asleep easily most nights, a personal confirmation that I have lived a good day balancing my duties and leisurely pursuits. I hope the same is true for you.

Have a great day and a wonderful week, Marietta

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