Groundhog says 6 more weeks of winter, but I’m seeing “Spring is in the air”... my street is lined with gorgeous trees covered in small white flowers, and my flower beds have sprouted beautiful purple flowers. With a crisp winter chill in the air, I watch quietly as several baby birds are using my roof and tangerine tree as props to learn to fly from nest to limb, while Mommy and Daddy Bird hover close by diligently watching their babies’ progress. I can’t help but shake the winter doldrums that had set in after the holidays passed and the hullabaloo calmed down. I smell the excitement of spring & with it comes hope of revival. The rebirth of nature provides the perfect opportunity to really celebrate life & enjoy the world’s beauty. In a world that speeds by a break neck speed, STOP... take a few minutes and truly look at the sky, see the depth of the blue while watching the clouds as they slowly move above us. Just look around you to see the signs of spring that surround us. Taking it all in, let the beauty permeate your soul and feel the calm & peace that only comes when we can truly drop from our shoulders all our fears, anxiety and stressors. This is the most incredible feeling, one that is sorely lacking in everyday life, as we now know it. As I grow older, I appreciate these snapshots of time that have long eluded me in my race to keep up with the endless chores, errands and responsibilities adult life heaps upon us. As I age, I savor every opportunity to “stop & smell the roses”. As children we can’t wait to grow up, as a teenager we can’t wait to turn 21... As a Grandmother, I now refuse to grow up, a relentless battle to remain young at heart that I am committed to win!!!! I do so by seeing the world through my grandchildren’s eyes... enjoy the excitement of battling the Rubix cubes or celebrating that my two year old grandson has started wearing big boy pants instead of diapers. Make every day something to celebrate, sing, dance & most of all tell your family that you love them to the moon & back, right after you remind them they didn’t do their chores. ;) But choose your battles, let dirty dishes sit in the sink a little longer, leave the laundry to wrinkle in the dryer but only if you spend that extra time talking, laughing or dancing with your kids or grandkids. Make every day a choice to enjoy life, be silly and laugh at every opportunity. Smile, it costs you nothing and can mean the world to someone that desperately needs one. Just be happy!!!! I may refuse to act old but it took me this long to figure all this out, don’t waste another day, just be happy & smile its contagious... give it a try!