Here in Ohio, Spring has been hard to find. Winter kept its grasp on the weather and continued snowing up until the last week of April. It’s difficult to feel like winter will ever end on years like this one. And yet, spring is indeed arriving, even if it is a few weeks late. Now, the flowers are blooming, undeterred. The lilacs (photo below) caught me off guard — I hadn’t expected them. But despite the adverse weather, whether it’s in our natural worlds, or in our lives, difficulties do pass, and color does return to our worlds. We just have to hang on. Tight, sometimes. This spring, I am excited for the color. Looking for the joys also helps me to see them, especially when I slow down. Finding joy is one of the most important things we can do.
“Let your joy be in your journey—not in some distant goal.” —Tim Cook
Here, a few ways I’m finding joy this spring:
- a mason jar brimming with Lilacs from the yard
- the sound of songbirds waking the dawn
- a table-full of family
- cappuccinos in the morning
- a sunroof open kind of day
- finding a penny and making a wish
- Lindt chocolates by the bag-full
- fresh baked cookies
- a simple, sincere thank you
- a week with no snow
- spring florals and a fragrant breeze
- a smile ear-to-ear
- a glass of rose
- a hug from a long-time friend
- singing along in the car
- sandals and sunshine
- picnic in the park
- spotting my first hummingbird of the season!
- high-fives to a job well done
- unexpected opportunities
- spicy guacamole
- a low full moon
- an American flag waving in the breeze
- scent of cut grass
- hikes through the forest
- peonies bursting into bloom
- the blue of a crisp spring sky and hydrangeas in bloom
- the purr of a kitten
- clean scent of air after a hard rain
- a shelf full of books ready to read
- clean sheets, a hot bath, and an evening to soak it in
- music playing, and dancing follows
- laughter. Till your sides hurt and your heart feels whole and happy
The truth is this spring has been busy–far too busy, in my opinion. But the good news is when the days slow down and I have time to breathe again, finding joy comes more easily. The simple things spill into the moments and fill my heart again.
“Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.” —Helen Keller
My favorite time of year is when the grass greens, the skies clear to pure blue, and the flowers burst into bloom. The world is a riot of color, if we look for it. If I am open to the joys, they pile up and my thankfulness meter returns to the right place. All is well with the world.
Please share the joys you find that bring light to your spring days. I continue to capture photos of spring on Instagram under the hashtag #100Springs. Wishing you a wonderful spring day!