Happy Easter to all, and yes it is also April Fool’s Day too!
Over the years I stopped buying greeting cards. The biggest reason was because of all the crazy stuff written inside. We all have been there, stalking the different cards. Serious, funny, and really stupid cards. I have looked for a card for 15 minutes once. So frustrating. I would say about 95% of the time, most of the cards say things that I neither felt or would ever say. Overly sappy and well, a lot of times, not true. My card would say:
“Happy Birthday to a wonderful person….50% of the time“. Love you, Laurel. Or, “Roses are red, violets are blue…uh never mind“. Not so sincerely, Laurel. Yeah, you’re not going to find any of those cards. And then there is the protocol of greeting cards. Do you write a small message or do you just sign your name? What does it say about you when you DON’T write a small message? Does the person on the other end go…that’s lame? Because you know the card isn’t saying exactly what you wanted it to say or maybe it was an oh crap moment, I need a card as you dig through cards you have had for about five years. At one point in my life I used to buy cards in advance. If I saw one that I liked, I would pick it up. Over the years I have collected quite the treasure chest of greeting cards and have helped many in their time of greeting card crisis.
Then something wonderful happened. The greeting card companies got smart and started printing blank inside cards. Genius. Pick out a card with a flower…own message ~ “you are as pretty as a flower”. A garden spade ~ “may your garden be fruitful” or some other saying that comes to mind. Bottom line it’s YOUR message. You can say what is really in your heart to the receiver.
In my previous post I had said I moved to DC for a job opportunity. If you read my posts often, you might be thinking WTH? The bottom line, Phoenix wasn’t for me. I am one who finds beauty in all things, but the desert wasn’t what made my heart sing. I had needed a change, but this wasn’t the right change. I can remember years ago hearing about how if you had arthritis or health issues move to Phoenix! Well, let me tell you that’s not 100% true. The valley has changed drastically over the years with increased population that causes pollution and non-indigenous plants causing the atmosphere to be much more polluted with allergens. While there I developed allergies that affected my skin and had made me boarder-line asthmatic. I was on an inhaler, Singular™ and allergy meds to keep everything in line. My breathing capacity went down to about 60% at one point and made running and cycling harder. So, it was time to look for greener pastures and that’s what I did. It took me 9 long months. The whole month of March has been a whirlwind of moving and starting over in another state. It’s never easy, but with hard work I’m making it happen.
This brings me back to the greeting cards. I received a great card from my sweet parents. They read my blog, so I know they will see this post! I am very thankful. My parents still send me a surprise every now and again in a card. I still get that excitement when I see it, the same feeling as when I was 15! It’s something that never gets old. Aside from the surprise inside (and thank you very much) was the card itself. It was perfect. Does that mean I have to eat my words on greeting cards? I won’t go that far, but this was the perfect card. There was a standard card saying but the personal notes from my parents are worth more than any surprise in the card. Maybe that was the surprise. The card said the following:
“You have dreamed and good things happened”.
“You have worked hard and achievement happened”.
“You have persevered and accomplishment happened”.
“You have believed in yourself and success happened”.
Dream, work hard, persevere, believe. It can happen.
I finished March with 41.98 miles completed. Most of the miles were accomplished on the treadmill, stationary bike and walking. I was lucky to get out and start to discover some of the green ways around me. I have 6067.61 miles gratefully remaining. I keep on keeping on….
Happy Easter. I hope this finds you in a good place…peace. Happy Miles to You!!