Hiking up on the preserve near my house with my boys this weekend, we came upon a huge pile of white pine limbs blocking the trail. Odd, someone must have taken down a tree, or perhaps a storm had taken it down, but whatever the reason, a large pile of limbs was dumped right smack in the middle of the trail. This portion of the trail was next to the cleared path of the power lines, and easily accessible by a vehicle. Drat. With two of my three dogs with legs shorter than six inches, this presented a logistical problem. Nevertheless, we got through it, and returned home after a lovely hike.
Then it dawned on me that those pine branches could make lovely wreaths and flower box arrangements, and how wonderfully they would smell! So my husband and I donned work boots and grabbed clippers and made our way in the work van. We clipped and hauled, and in no time at all, we had a fragrant, humongous pile of pine trimmings and had cleared the path to boot! We came back to the house and trimmed the mail box, and made plans for wreaths and flower boxes. What a great way to spend an afternoon! Aside from the pine sap all over my hands, it was a wonderful event that I will cherish for a long time.
What memories have you created out of spontaneity? What “wrongdoings” have you turned around for good? These are the things that add quality to our lives and substance to our very being. Revel in the moments and search for the ways to make a difference, however small and seemingly insignificant.