What is one of the first things you hear in the Morning? It is Birds singing. A Bird wakes up singing. It does not think of food or getting a cup of coffee or the tough day it is going to have. It wakes up singing to welcome the new day. If only we could wake up singing to the new day ahead of us, it would be such a positive boost to our overall mood. Instead, we are tired from not enough sleep, in need of that morning cup of coffee, and not looking forward to the day ahead of us. Our mood can change if we Wake Up Singing.
Above is an image of a Squirrel gathering seeds from a birdfeeder. Squirrels are great at being a Pack Rat when it comes to food. They are a great example of being a Hoarder. I must admit I am a bit of a Pack Rat and Hoarder myself. I have trouble throwing things away because I ask myself the question "What If?" What if the next day I need it or what if in the next month I wished I did not throw it away. The funny thing is "What If" never comes and years later I wonder why I hung on to something. I believe our being a Pack Rat or a Hoarder is learned behavior. My mom was a Pack Rat and I never understood why she kepted some of the things she hung onto for so long. As I got older, I found myself with the same annoying trait. If you find yourself being a Pack Rat like our friend the Squirrel and me, you must look deep into the anxiety you feel and when you ask yourself the question What If, convince yourself that, that day will never come when you will need or use whatever your about to hang onto. If you throw or give it away, you have answered the What If Of Being A Pack Rat.
The Monarch Butterfly is in need of your help. Over the past 20 years the population of Monarch Butterflies has declined by 90%, and each year there seems to be less and less of them. Researches say there are only about 33 to 35 million butterflies left. Now that may seem like a large number, but in insect world that is not a big population at all. One problem is their natural habitat is being over developed and destroyed, commerce loves all those parking lots. Another problem is their host plant the Milkweed, so common in the wild, is being destroyed by herbicides being used in the landscape. What can you do? First, as you plan your Spring Garden, plant some Native Milkweed plants and allow the Monarchs to breed. Second, avoid using herbicides and pesticides that contain a chemical GMO. Third, support efforts to keep natural wild landscapes from being developed into concrete and asphalt jungles. Let us keep the Monarch Butterflies alive with us and not allow them to disappear. FOR THEIR WAY IS OUR WAY!
Tomorrow my Blog will turn 3 years old. It is hard to believe it has been 3 years of Blogs twice a week for the past 3 years. I admit the Blogs have been hit or miss, some have been better than others, but that is how life turns. We have good days and we have bad days, but when we see another day it is on the whole a good day. In life speak from the heart, say what you believe, listen to what others have to say, and judge them not, for we have all fallen short of who we what and thought to be. Happy Birthday Blog!
In a Flower we see Beauty, Fragrance, and Softness, yet we do not see the Roots below which Empowers all the qualities of the Flower. The beauty of the Flower cannot exist without the Roots which feeds it. We in the same way express who we are by the Roots which dwell deep inside us. Today it is Ash Wednesday where in the Christian Tradition we examine our Roots to see how well we are Flowering our inner selves. All Religious Traditions have a period of purificatiion and transformation. It is important for us to examine those Roots in our lives, for without the Roots there can be no Flowers. Flowers and Roots are the Stuff of life. How well you Flower on the outside depends on how strong your Roots are on the inside.