In The Spring - 2020 Issue
Recently, I made a conscious decision to change my perspective. I got the idea from a television commercial. I know, but read on.
I don’t even remember what was being advertised. But I recollect the ad ended with the phrase, displayed on the screen for emphasis: Live each day as if it was your last.
I decided to take the advice.
It was the middle of winter. And I was struggling with what might have been seasonal affective disorder. SAD causes many of us to feel, well, sad, as a result of less sunshine and colder temperatures. Getting outdoors to do the things we love becomes more difficult and less inviting. And maybe even less possible. I needed a strategy. I needed a frame of mind with which to move forward.
Imagine how precious everything would seem, I thought, if I perceived I was experiencing it for the last time. Not in a morbid way, but in a manner that would allow me to fully appreciate all that happened to me—the good, the bad and the mundane.
This perspective allowed me to bring a new attitude to everything I did—whether it was a spinning class or the simple act of purchasing a salad for lunch. Everything and everyone I encountered presented me with an opportunity to be cheerful, friendly and welcoming. The sunshine made me happy. Hearing a song I liked filled my heart with gladness. Everything prompted me to smile.
I was in a much better frame of mind. I felt lighthearted. Everything seemed fresh and new. And the little stuff that normally bugs me? I simply chose to ignore. I stopped negative thoughts or feelings in their tracks.
The bottom line: I highly recommend adopting this perspective for a day, and then moving forward with what you learn. Imagine what a wonderful world it would be if we behaved as though each day of life is precious. If we acted more agreeably more of the time. If we only paid attention to the important stuff. And took more time to smile. To exchange pleasantries. To help each other.
I’m going to hang on to this attitude long-term. I’m expecting the best.
As we begin our 27th year publishing Susquehanna Life magazine, I encourage you to enjoy spring and the sunshine and warmer temperatures it brings. Inside this issue you’ll find lots of ideas to help make the most of this regenerative season. Try them and let me know how it goes.
Erica L. Shames
Founder & Publisher
Articles from our Spring 2020 Issue:
Suicide statistics are sobering. The work of the Jana Marie Foundation has never been more important. Read More »
Nothing says spring like the crunch of fresh vegetables in pasta drenched with a cozy, creamy sesame/peanut/ginger sauce. For extra flavor, add more ginger or vinegar and splash on some h... Read More »
"The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic values of the environment..." Read More »
The WNR has been happening at R.B. Winter years before BEMBA ever existed. Read More »
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