I’ve been reading Andrew Weil’s book, “Spontaneous Healing.” Found it at the thrift store some time back and decided to give it a go. You know, it’s filled with the usual things you’re likely to read, things we already know, but somehow need to be reminded of every time a new book comes out. Want to be healthy? Eat right and exercise. Pretty damned simple, right?
However, there was one addition to this book that I thought remarkable. The advice? Put out flowers and potted plants where you can see them.
I kinda laughed when I read that…..but, then I thought about it. Dr. Weil just might be on to something. I bought this little plant a few days ago and set it on my desk….and you know what? I can’t for the life of me imagine it being gone. I see now why he advised having flowers around. They remind of nature, of life, of vibrancy, and of beauty readily seen out of the corner of your eye.
My mood has shifted since this little plant has been on my desk. I seem to smile more while I’m knitting (and you can see my work on my desk in the photo. Telling photo, really. Lot’s of knitting and the books I’m reading).
Now, do I actually think that plant is healing me? Not in the traditional sense, no. But, it’s the simple action of bringing life into my existence that makes me feel better. Shred the crap out. Do it now. Put a potted plant in it’s place. Trust me, you’ll feel better looking at that flowering bulb, rather than a constant news report reminding us all of how horrid the world is.
Little things. Little things bring some great rewards. That little plant won’t heal me, but it sure as hell will make my quality of life better. And the better my mood, the better my chances are.
You know what else perked my mood? My book getting chosen for a book club! Lisa, owner of Darn Yarn Needles and Threads contacted me a couple of weeks ago and said she had a book club in her yarn shop and was interested in having my book as the next month’s selection. She ordered 10 copies. WOO HOO! And all 10 were sent autographed and with my little paper cranes folded and tucked inside. Then Lisa sent me a wonderful review of my book that she posted on her store’s blog. What WONDERFUL things she said about my book! Truly one of the nicest reviews I’ve seen about my book. Truly loved it. That perked this scrawny, drawn face into a nice big toothy grin. Check out what she read here, and be sure to give her shop a look. To think, my book in a book club…..That does change your mood beautifully. 🙂
This is one of those days I want to remember and hold. I felt better today than I have in a long while. These are the days that will help me when some of the days get darker. This is one of those days I’ll be able to close my eyes and recall when things go sour. I got best wishes from all of you, a potted plant, and a nice review about my book. Truly great rewards.
Listening to Stevie Wonder’s “As”….and I just can’t help repeat that one line, “Did you know you’re loved by somebody?”
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