Waking up this morning, the sun greets me as it shines down between the branches of the dogwood tree. Outside my window, the roses are in full bloom looking more vibrant than I can remember in recent years. After a really busy week, I pause long enough to appreciate the moment and soak up the beauty that is so often lost in the stresses of everyday life. I am deliberate about what I let in. Resentments from the past and worries about tomorrow will not be allowed to occupy any part of my mind this morning. Instead, I will fill my mind with blessings both big and small. It is a conscious choice.
On a day like this, I must admit, it is easy. It is Saturday. A beautiful Saturday. The temperature is in the mid 60s and expected to go up to near 80 degrees. The birds are chirping and a gentle breeze brings in the fragrance of the rose blooms. My golden retriever, Daisy, greets me with a smile (she really does smile) as I pour myself a cup of coffee. Sitting down to write this, I think of a Maya Angelou quote, “This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.”