Monday, April 13, 2020

Embracing Easter, Spring, & Changes

Yesterday was Easter and we were blessed by a Nor'easter Winter storm.  While it didn't dump much more than 3ish inches, it was a hard switch from the day before that was in the 60s, warm, sunny, and we had a picnic dinner out on the deck.

Yup, I know it's still early Spring and we live in Minnesota.  It was so nice seeing the lawns green up, the sogginess of Winter drying out, and bulbs starting to pop up growing so much each day.

I keep reminding myself that my oldest was born during a snowstorm and we went home in an ice storm.  His birthday is April 11 and most years we are either getting snow or it is almost 70.

It still doesn't change the fact that an April snowstorm is not my favorite.  At least today the sun is back out and there is blue sky.

We a bit of an unusal weekend.  Saturday my oldest turned 7 and Sunday was Easter.  In the 7 years since he was born, the two things haven't been on the same weekend.  This year both things were simple, probably more simplier because of the stay home order we are under still.

Yet, my oldest said it was the best way to spend his birthday.  He was happy and content, grateful for the blessings.  And all were grateful for the blessings that Easter brings.

Easter brings a sense of peace, renewal, and joy.  Spring brings a sense of growth and newness.  So combined it takes this new season to new places, perpectives, and purposes.

Having the stay home order, two special holidays, and a Spring snowstomr can make for an interesting time.  But with a mindshift it can still bring many blessings.

We have switched to making things simple and full for peace, joyful moments, being grateful, and content.  Sometimes things are waht they are and there isn't much we can do about it.  Other than our attitude and mindset.

While I may have this picture in my head of how it should be, look like, want it to be that may or may not be.  And you know what?  That is okay.

Are you embracing this time?  Yes, I know the implications of what is happening and can happen.  Yes, it is scary, uncertain, tough.  But it can be freeing, joy~filled, and simple.  One can get wrapped up in the numbers, the possibilities, focus full on all the negative.  Or one can accept it for what it is, do their part as needed and when, make changes as needed, but still be positive.

For years my mom has been forwarding me quote of the day emails.  Here is today's:
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.”
Willie Nelson

Anytime in our life we can go one of two ways, the negative perspective or the positive.  There is nothing wrong with acknowledging the emotions that we are facing, whether it is fear, worry, anxiety or joy, harmony.  We can still focus on the blessings in it all.

But if we allow ourselves to stay in the negative it will spiral, it will keep going and will bring us down.  We can be in the positive frame of mind, while still acknowledging all that is going on around us.  Disconnecting where we need to, releasing as needed, being honest and real about the situation and our own emotions.  The emotions and behaviors have others do not need to bring us down, we do not need to carry them along with our own, and we can remain positive despite the choices, attitudes, and behaviors around us.  We can still create a place of peace, feeling of joy and more while being guiding and empathetic.

So during this time, where are your thoughts going?  What attitudes are you carrying with you?  What are you creating in the space around you?  

Is there anything you can embrace?

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