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February 2024

Romancing You!

Romancing You!

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The above heart is attached to my favourite flower, the hardy snowdrop, which Alfred Lord Tennyson referred to as fairy firstlings of the year. At my previous home I had an ever-expanding bank of snowdrops and my annual ritual was checking each December 1st to confirm that tiny sprouts were visible above ground; they always were, confirming that spring was on its way. Snowdrops also bring back personal memories of buying bunches from the flower ladies who sat by the City Hall in Belfast. Rituals and memories can warm our hearts for years. What special ones come to your mind and bring a smile?

Last month I wrote about intentions, goals and annual themes, confessing that an honest review of mine identified they became pipe dreams, which my Mini Home Google device defined as a fanciful hope or plan. Mmmh, in self-defence, they seemed to be realistic at the time, but just didn't make it to the top of the list as other priorities squeezed them out. Can you also relate?

As I write, February has just dawned and I'm happy to say that with a new mindset, my January was more balanced with calmer days, relaxed evenings, a return to my colouring and word-find books, as well as - my ritual - Jeopardy and a favourite Hallmark movie, or part thereof, depending on the time. Most rewarding is completing an on-line voice course that had been on my intention list for over a year. Not running out of day at the end of the evening is both novel and a joy ... it took a lot of years to get here for me! I hope January fulfilled your intentions but, if not, February is a brand new month, so just take baby steps ... and please acknowledge yourself for even the smallest success.

Will you do something special during this month of hearts and flowers, either with another significant person or, if alone, will you romance you? If the latter, please make it a celebration, as I do: listen to favourite music, set your table, light a candle, pour a glass of wine or beverage of your choice, indulge with your favourite dessert and gratefully acknowledge the positive difference you make. The world would be very different had each of us not shown up. Bring to mind the special people in your life, those still with you and those who live on in your heart, recalling memories of what you shared together, and learned from one another.

I learned a valuable lesson many years ago in a parable from a mentor, when I was sitting on, and desperately clinging to the proverbial fence: Waiting at the Station, author unknown. (A similar version, The Station, is purported to be written by the late Robert J. Hastings)

Paraphrasing, it was about waiting for a specific train that would take us to the fulfillment of all our hopes and dreams. A train arrives, but we let it go by, not sure if it is the right one. Then another, and another, until we become afraid to get on any train. So we continue to wait at the station, filled with doubt, fearing the unknown journey, waiting for instructions, until the risk of boarding any train is too high, and we continue to remain at the station. Instead, let's consider these 'trains' as wonderful opportunities, each one taking us on the next stage of our journey of personal growth.

The Talmud has some beautiful words: Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers 'grow, grow'. Consider February as a time of opportunity, a time of hope, a time to welcome it as akin to the springtime of your life with an angel leaning over you and whispering 'grow, grow'.

Enjoy the extra day that is February's gift and listen for your angel's whispers in your ear. Until next time, I leave you with words of Mother Teresa: Spread love wherever you go; let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

I wish you a beautiful Valentine's Day, Family Day, and that you celebrate every day with springtime in your heart.

Until next time ... Blessèd be to you ... Namasté!

Dorothy B.
Dorothy B.

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