Taking to the Open Road

Spring is when life’s alive in everything.

Christina Rossetti

There’s nothing more exhilarating as a sunny spring day.  Mother Nature in her glory of colours, scents and sounds not only awakens our senses to life in bloom but also stirs within us a sense of excitement, joy and hope (especially after a long winter).

I love spring.  Spring in all its aspects is a season of renewal and rebirth, an opportunity for us to do something new, something fabulous, something audacious and perhaps, a little outrageous.  We all know how wonderful our homes are after a spring clean.  Imagine doing the same with our own lives.  Once we remove all the old clutter, we can mindfully focus on what’s truly meaningful for us.

This spring I’m feeling especially emboldened and optimistic.  After an eventful winter dealing with a personal health challenge, I look forward to what lies ahead – travel, visiting family, reconnecting with friends and most importantly, cultivating new forms of creative expression.  The possibilities are limitless.

This passage from one of my favourite poems, Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman continually inspires:

A foot and light-hearted I take to the open road,

Healthy, free, the world before me,

The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,

Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,

Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,

Strong and content I travel the open road…

With open heart and open mind, “I take to the open road.”  Are you ready as well?

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