Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tiptoe Through the Tulips

Photo courtesy of (c)Tomo.Yun

There is something both miraculous and soothing about being around living, growing things that don't talk back back. Although some of us will immediately think of babies or pets, I am talking about the flora variety. Working in your garden or taking a walk in the park is a natural stress reliever. Breathe in the fragrance of freshly turned earth. Watch trees dance in the wind. Look for hidden wildflowers or as someone say, Go Smell the Flowers.

Even out of season, when the trees are bare and the grass has turned to straw, you'll be amazed at the life you'll find hiding in the most unexpected places. All it takes is slowing down long enough to look. For a city folk like me, I do yearn to find nice parks that are pleasing to the eyes and nose (away from the exhaust fumes from motor vehicles). When life is anything but "a walk in the park," that's the best time to have one.

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