One of the things I loved about my visits to America when my mom used to live there was how distinct the seasons are. Autumn and Spring absolutely took my breath away with the visual beauty of the trees showcasing the seasons change. (I still keep some pressed autumn leaves in one of my Bible's as a special keepsake). Here in Port Elizabeth, South Africa our Spring is finally alive in colour as we get ready to welcome Summer. The days are warmer, the sun is setting later and the blooms are alive in colour which all makes my heart smile. Nature truly is like medicine to the soul.
These are usually quite wind swept months for us, but as I took a walk outside, the smell of my 'yesterday, today and tomorrow' shrub in full bloom made me stop to take in the moment. This little bush always tells me when Spring has finally arrived. I wish you could smell it! It has such a sweet perfume, quite similar to the smell of jasmine. Even though it's not particularly big, it astounds me how far it's fragrance carries. While I sit here typing away on my veranda, its beautiful fragrance is carried on the breeze and the simplicity of this quiet little moment absolutely lifts my heart.
It amazes me how the beauty of this fragrance has had the ability to change my mood. It makes me stop and think about the atmosphere that I create and how that has the ability to either lift up or bring down whoever is around me. Just like this sweet fragrance, I want the essence of my heart attitudes to uplift and bring calm even amongst the daily chaos of living in a busy home. Too often, I can allow the stresses of life, a headache or my tiredness of the day affect my mood which in turn can steal the joy out of our home and my 'vibe' with whoever I am around. This sweet fragrance today is my simple little reminder to be more mindful of the influence and atmosphere that I have the ability to create.
I'm always so grateful for the way nature "speaks" to my heart.