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March 2024

Be a Noticer

Be a Noticer

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Welcome to Innisfree's March newsletter, a month that came in - surprising many of us on the west coast - like a lion. Along with the blustery winds and low temperatures we woke today to a white snowy wonderland (March 4 as I write). So let's draw on the folk lore idea of The Farmer's Almanac, that when March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb!

Another idea, linking to February's newsletter suggestion of Romancing You, illustrating a heart intertwined with snowdrops, is that we be Noticers. As many ideas come with a story, this one has a then and a now, and goes like this:

The then was eight years ago, and the now a few days ago, when I desperately looked back in my archives to trigger an idea for this month's topic. In February 2016 I had written about receiving a box of Butler's chocolate truffles that a friend had purchased in Ireland, containing the slogan Purveyors of Happiness, which became part of that month's newsletter topic. About the same time I had watched a video by author, Robin Sharma (The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari), and was reminded of the value of being a great Noticer - of surroundings, people, sunsets, rainbows, flowers, the aroma of coffee / tea ... of Life and people who make a difference by being who they are and what they do!

Purveyor - one who provides, supplies. Nature is surely the greatest provider with its colours, fragrances, blossoms. Walking along my street I see crocus bulbs that have pushed through the ground. Fragile snowdrops pay no heed to snow or cold but are the first to herald the spring.

At the beginning of February two long-time friends visited, with one bringing two pots of snowdrops, resulting in a lengthy conversation about why symbolically they have inspired me from an early age. My other friend, then not familiar with the snowdrop, became a delighted Noticer a few days later when visiting her brother's farm and seeing groups growing wild on his land, planted some years ago by his wife. Capturing them in a photograph, she sent the evidence to me, and now I share it with you as this month's illustration.

So let us be avid Noticers of this majestic time of renewal, from the tiny shoots to the singing birds, and welcome each new day with anticipation, open to its many possibilities, which Mary Manin Morrissey referred to as 'a lifetime in miniature'. (

Let's also be Purveyors of Happiness by acknowledging the special people in our lives who contribute in many ways with their support, creative gifts, joy of music, kind listening ears and shoulders to lean on.

As in February I celebrated a significant birthday, which extended from its beginning to the 29th due to this Leap Year's extra day, I thank each of you, Special Ones, from my heart to yours - to the moon and back - for the beautiful memories that will last forever! And to you, Dear Reader, for being on this journey with me for all, or part, of these past 15 years. Now let's acknowledge ourselves for the gift that we are, for indeed we are!

I leave you with words on a coffee cup that sits on my counter, imprinted by a friend:

As long as we have memories, yesterday remains;
As long as we have hope, tomorrow waits;
As long as we have friendships, today is beautiful.

I wish you a Happy St. Patrick's day on the 17th. Maybe wear some green, listen to the lilt of jaunty Irish music, and maybe - ever so gently - dance a jig.

Until next time, may your Easter be calm and peaceful. Blessèd be to you ... Namasté!

Dorothy B.
Dorothy B.

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