10 ways to bloom as you 'March' into spring

It’s springtime! Here’s how to make yours the best blooming spring ever.

10 ways to bloom as you 'March' into spring

It’s springtime! Here’s how to make yours the best blooming spring ever.
  • It's finally March. Ya gotta love March. It's the beginning of everything that has any hope of blooming. And that would be you. Here are a few ideas to help your blooming be the best it's ever been.

  • 1. Be grateful to be alive

  • Every morning count your blessing for being able to wake up to this about-to-burst-forth-in-bloom world. It doesn't matter if you're 9½ months pregnant (Yep! I actually said that for the grossly over-due) or wishing with all your heart you could just be pregnant. Be glad you're alive. A new day is a blessing for every living soul.

  • 2. Turn on the music

  • Ahhh-music! What would we ever do without it? It calms, it soothes, it inspires, it ignites. As the poet said, "Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life, bringing peace, abolishing strife." So tune in and fill your home, your car and your life with the kind of music that makes you feel happy to be you.

  • 3. Say a prayer

  • Express your gratitude to God for creating this masterpiece in which we live. Thank Him for specifics: the color of the sky, the stars that sparkle at night, the rose that blooms in your garden, the cat that brushes up against your leg, the trees that burst forth with bright green leaves that will turn different colors later, the neighbor who waved at you on your way home from work, the ones who preach sermons of His love and caring and most of all the people who you get to call family. Say thanks to your Father in Heaven who loves you no matter what.

  • 4. Kiss someone you love

  • A wise person said, "A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years." Wow! What a promise. You will not only enjoy the kiss but also feel younger. It works if you plant that smooch on your sweetheart's lips or on your little ones' cheeks. The result of happiness is the same. So, in effect, we're saying; welcome spring with kisses. Lots of them.

  • 5. Put a bouquet of spring flowers in your kitchen

  • Nothing shouts spring like a bouquet of pink and yellow flowers (or flowers of any bright color). They may not be pickable in your garden yet, or you may not even have a garden. No matter. The stores are blooming with them. Go pick some from whatever source is available. Put them in your kitchen window or anywhere in your home so you can feel the joy their colors and fragrances bring.

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  • 6. Visit someone in a care center

  • If you want to brighten your day, then brighten someone else's. Marie Osmond reminds us, "Being of service to others is what brings true happiness." A visit to a lonely person is a true act of service. You might even bring that longing soul one of those bouquets of spring flowers. That would be a real spirit-lifter. Look in the mirror on your way home, and you'll see a glowing you. What a way to welcome spring!

  • 7. Buy a new "springy" item of clothing

  • Make it scream, "It's spring!" Websites and stores are full of these fun fashions right now. You can even make a stop at your local thrift shop and find something for pennies on the dollar. And you will support a good cause at the same time. Many items donated to these shops come with original sales tags still attached-never been worn. A double reward for your investment in fashion.

  • 8. Call your parents and thank them for giving you life

  • You don't have to wait for a birthday to do this. Now is the perfect time. You can say, "Mom, I'm looking out the window at a beautiful sunny day and wanted to thank you again for bringing me into this amazing world." Her heart will melt. It will make her day as well as yours. Don't forget your dad-he'll love it, too.

  • 9. Do some spring cleaning

  • It's not a daunting task when done one little project at a time. It can actually be fun. You might start with the "everything" drawer in the kitchen. We all have one of those. We all need one. But they do get tangled up after a time. Empty it out on your counter top and toss anything that is no longer useful. You'll be amazed at what you saved but never used. Believe me, if you haven't used it for a least a year-maybe two- you don't need to save it. Tossing junk and rearranging the good stuff is very satisfying. You might even whistle while you work.

  • 10. Smile at everybody

  • I'm serious. I mean everybody. The clerk behind the counter, the person behind you at the counter, the old man shuffling along on the sidewalk, the mail deliverer, the woman with the crying child (she could really use your smile)-everyone. Especially smile at your spouse and your kids. What a lift to have a multitude of smiles for your very own family. No matter what has gone on, put a stop to the nonsense with your smile of love and forgiveness. Phyllis Diller said, "A smile is a curve that sets everything straight." A smile works like that everywhere you give one. So welcome spring with a big smile.

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  • Try a few of these ideas and you may just have the best springtime you've had in a long time.

Gary Lundberg is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Joy is a writer. Together they author books on relationships.


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