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Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Muse in Thought

Whether you patiently wait for this artic cold to break or more snowflakes to fall, the sudden realization that spring may be too far off can be depressing as heck. And if you can’t fly to some Polynesian island and sip on pineapple drinks than the next best thing is to get out of your winter shell. Thinking caps, please.

Create a list of five things you can do today to make this chilly situation a bit warmer. Many of us know all those garden items. Finalize your seed list, visit a botanical garden with an inside conservatory, read some garden books or dust off and re-launch your garden journal. But you can dig deeper for stuff. Remember any of those New Year’s resolutions? Don’t renege now. It’s only January. Here’s one that is pretty easy. Take out some perky garden note cards and send one (the old-fashion USPS way) to a friend or colleague. Maybe they’ve got bigger problems than cold weather so they could use the lift of a kind word. Forgo the text or email. Make it more personal; be old-school for at least a day.

Then there is always work, regardless of what you do. Add a touch of something extra to spiff it up. This thing called helpfulness, kindness, going the extra step can never be overrated. Offer great service; produce an excellent product. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.” A quote from Steve Jobs; remember him? Oh, yeah, it’s that Apple guy who left quite a legacy. 

And if all else fails as you muse this thought, make a cup of tea or cocoa. Spring is coming soon!

Image by Ann Bilowz

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