Time for a fresh start

Hyacinth, photo 04/24/2015 by Victor R. Voklman
Hyacinth, photo 04/24/2015 by Victor R. Volkman

I’ve now seen the family doctor and the chiropractor yet I’m still afflicted with plantar fasciitis in my left heel. Yet despite the pain this late April morning has me in high spirits.

It’s a simple story. Spring has announced itself in glorious fashion. I see it on the outside thermometer. I see it in our brilliantly green yard, back and front. I see it in an array of blossoms to beat the band.

In the front yard yellow and white daffodils announced themselves first. Then came the purple violets. You like tulips? Got them too, back and front yard. I couldn’t forgive myself if I failed to mention the purple and pink hyacinths.

Ah, yes, the trees. We’ve now got blossoms on the cherry and pear trees. In fact, up and down South Wayne Avenue, spring has unfolded like a giant display of banners and balloons at a used car lot.

Mayzi, our five-year-old great niece, took note. “When it’s spring, you roll the windows down,” she noted to Aunt Toni as they discussed signs of spring.

So what about the rest of us? Is it time to get the lawnmower out of the garage? How about cleaning that screened-in back porch and bringing back the warm weather porch furniture from storage in the garden house?

Oil change due for the Honda and Prius? Renew any magazine subscriptions?
Some window washing? I know. I hate that enough to let the job wait for another spring.

One great thing about this season is that you get to decide. You can put off a seasonal cleaning. You can collect the brochures for great summer vacation resorts. Or you can wait until you see how big that check is from your IRS tax refund.

You can make nature’s new beginnings an occasion for you to launch new beginnings for yourself. Is that looking for a new job? Would that be learning a new skill, even another language? How about renewing an old friendship? An old romance? Buy a different home?

One summer, my wife Toni and I drove to New England, then took a ferry to Prince Edward Island. On the road, we made lists of goals. I have no idea what happened to the lists. But as I recall, the exercise helped me focus on personal growth, relationships and on the future.

You can tackle just one thing. Make it simple. Be sure the goal is clear.
It helps, too, if you set a time when you review the status of your goal.
By late June, are you listening to others more? Have you become more open-minded?

Have you lost a few of those extra pounds? No? Maybe your target wasn’t realistic. Remember the coming of spring invited you to set your own goals. You’re free to walk or jog a few miles daily in any nearby park That’s what I plan to do as soon as my sore heel doesn’t hurt any longer.

Or you can sign up to exercise at a gym. Or join a book club. Or watch less TV.

Whatever your personal goals, this is the perfect time to get outdoors, into the neighborhood, into the parks nearby and around the town to enjoy the sights and smells of the season.

You can’t help being a better, happier person. What a deal!

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