(Written Thursday, March 21, 2019)
Since I’m not really sure that you can get too much of a good thing, I spent a good part of today doing the same thing I did yesterday.
Oh, I didn’t initially plan it that way, but once you start, one thing leads to another. Let me tell you about..
- The first GoodThing of the day was a relaxed coffee with Liz in a quiet house – the kids were at school. When I stop to think about it, I’m not sure I give her quite enough credit. She’s a gift from God… hands down!
- More dirty hands: As I mentioned… today resembled yesterday in that I spent a good deal of the day out puttering in the yard and the garage. We’re finally back to some warm temperatures and sun, so it feels good to be productive out there. I tidied up a new flowerbed that I’d begun last year and in the process had a good conversation with our elderly neighbours, the Pelletiers. (Author Shawn Achor says that “the innate need to … form social bonds has been literally hardwired into our bodies and a lack of social contact can add 30 points to an adult’s blood pressure.” p. 177). I’m thankful for good relationships with the neighbours God has given us. They’re literally good for my health!
- Finally, the beekeepers’ association met tonight and rather than learning in a classroom setting, we did some practical work around the apiary. The GoodThing about this is that rather than one person speaking, there is a bit more casual interaction and tonight I had good conversations with two people – one of which I’d had brief exchanges with and one that I’d never met before – so, more of that blood-pressure reducing social contact.
- OK, let me quickly throw in a fourth – when I got home and was putting the bike away, the dog – unbeknownst to me – got out the gate and disappeared (we didn’t notice for about 25 minutes). Out we go… Dominic one way and me the opposite (I was about 1/2-way through supper at this point). I came back to find the dog sitting in front of the door, tail wagging – Dominic had found him, then came looking for me. Normally, this whole ordeal would have me fuming at the “stupid dog”… but while walking I realize that it was more the “stupid owner – who left the gate open”. This is a switch for me… a positive sign that this #3GoodThings project is having an effect.
(Photo below: a flowering ornamental cherry tree, seen at night, on my way home from beekeeping. Absolutely gorgeous!)
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