Every year, I look forward to Spring as the earth begins its transformation into aliveness. Everything starts to buzz with the excitement of new growth and a new season. I have always been very fond of birds, especially their sounds and behaviours. One of my favourite birds is the bluebird. Its beautiful colour is so intense and wonderful.
My love of bluebirds comes from an old friend and neighbor of mine. He was an avid bird watcher and he was well known for all the bird houses he built and donated to others. He told me there are people in our lives that are like bluebirds. He told me the bluebird was a symbol of cheerfulness, happiness, prosperity, good health, the comforts of home, new births and the renewal of springtime. Just as the bluebird symbolizes positive sentiments, the same can be said about the wonderful people we have in our lives. They bring a breath of freshness and energy when they’re around us, and we feel comfortable in their presence. I am fortunate to have many of these bluebirds in my life. My family, friends, staff and patients bring me that wonderful feeling of being welcomed each day.
When my old friend and neighbor was close to passing on, I asked him what he believed the key to life was. He told me, “to find three good things to do each day.” I have cherished those words and remember them as I go through each day.
Find three good things to do today. Phone someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time, study something that you’ve been meaning to look into. Smile at someone when you walk by and say “hello” or “good morning!" We can encourage a wonderful pay-it-forward attitude. You never know how much that smile or hello could mean to someone who really needs it.
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