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Today is

Inspiration.

Did I offer peace today?  Did I bring a smile to someone’s face?  Did I say words of healing?  Did I let go of my anger and resentment?  Did I forgive?  Did I love?  These are the real questions.  I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and in the life to come.

~ Henri Nouwen

Spring brightness.

Today’s April Love 2018 prompt is:  Today is.  Today is Monday, April 9, in my neck of the woods.  According to several holidays and observances websites, today is also Orthodox Easter Monday, Appomattox Day, Name Yourself Day, and National Unicorn Day.  There are more but that seems like enough for this post.

One of several arrangements.

Since this is an open-ended prompt, I decided to go my own way and declare today an unofficial Daffodil Day.  There is an official Daffodil Day that is associated with raising funds for cancer research and finding a cure (under the subheading of Hope Blooms), a very noble cause for one of the first signs of spring.  But for the purposes of this post, unofficial Daffodil Day is an opportunity for me to share with you some of the daffodils I saw at the Daffodil Show in Princess Anne on Saturday.

Another arrangement.

I did not take notes.  I should have, if for no other reason than to give credit to those who took the time to nurture and grow such beautiful flowers.  I was too busy admiring the beauty and just didn’t think too much about identifying the varieties or the gardeners who appear to have put a lot of love into their flowers.

Spring energy.

The daffodil is the birth flower for the month of March and, according to Ted Andrews in his book Nature-Speak, it is associated with “a focus on inner beauty; a time for clarity of thought; finding a creative outlet for energies.”

Clustered.

The presence of daffodils will help us link the subconscious and the superconscious mind (higher self).  It reminds us that our true power and innate beauty manifests more strongly through surrender to the Divine.  It opens deeper forms of meditation.  Daffodil reminds us to maintain clarity of thought and vitality of the body.  It facilitates true contact with the higher aspects of the soul.  Have confidence in your own inner beauty.  Daffodils are beneficial in teaching us that others will respond to us based on what we feel about ourselves.

~ Ted Andrews, Nature-Speak

Hopeful blooms.

Daffodils, being associated with spring, are also said to symbolize new beginnings or rebirth.  There’s a lovely post about daffodils and their meanings here, if you’re interested.

Three.

Thank you for visiting today.  Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

One of my favorites from the show.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  641)  The beauty of daffodils in all their forms/varieties.  642)  Those moments when I am happy with enough.  643)  The beautiful spring-green color of the new leaves on the cherry trees.  644)  Signs that our cherry trees will be blossoming soon.  645)  Getting the house ready for a weekend visit with a friend.  There’s anticipation in the “getting ready” part, as I change the sheets on the beds in the guest room, plan meals that might not get made (because there’s always room for spontaneity and maybe we’ll go out instead), and take care of the usual daily chores.

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

24 thoughts on “Today is

  1. I love daffodils, but I didn’t know there was so much associated with them. Your photos are stunning! When my girls were in college, there was something in February, I think, where we could send them daffodils.
    Enjoy your friend’s visit. I’m going to see friends this weekend, too!

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  2. Beautiful daffodil photos. I just love them. Have been taking bouquets of them to my Mom and Ruth the past few weeks. And of course bringing them in my house too! So glad I planted literally 100s of bulbs 24 years ago!

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