Stretching

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Last week it seemed as if we would need to borrow Noah’s ark here in the Midwest. We had rain, rain for days; soft misty rain, cold sleeting rain, and run-of-the mill pouring down rain. People were clearly bothered. After more than 6 months of winter the cold week’s worth of rain was insulting, almost too much to bear.

But suddenly the sky cleared, the sun came out and the rain dried up. By Saturday we could be outside taking deep breaths and enjoying spring. I truly think people are grateful for 50 degree days with sunshine, eager to go outdoors and stretch.

I spent much of Saturday outside going to garage sales. I breathed deeply, springtime allergies and all, noticing buds on trees and bushes and how green the grass looks. I feel like I can S-T-R-E-T-C-H for the first time in months.

Don’t you just love that word, stretch? When you lean back and open your chest or lay down and stretch from the tips of your toes to the tips of your fingers. Stretching your legs, your back, your hands… it all feels good.

I think springtime is like that, stretching for the mind. We want to clean in springtime, shake the dust off stuff, wipe the rain spattered stains from windows, get a clear clean view. But spring is also a time to think new things, to make plans. And no matter what people say about how bad an idea New Year’s resolutions are, I think spring is a good time to re-evaluate them. Thinking about new things and thinking about old things in news ways stretches the mind.

This week, enjoy your stretches – physical and mental!

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