We often read of a jump in attendance at church services at this time of year. A church is as good a place as any to look within ourselves and forgive past transgressions and promise to renew our efforts to be good and loving, contributing members of society. But it's not the only place.
Whether or not you choose to join your neighbors in one of the special Easter services at area churches or the Resurrection Celebration at Rumsey Park on Saturday, take some time this weekend to reflect and plan.
Thank the people who have made a difference in your life during the past months; tell your family and friends you love them and how much you appreciate all they have brought into your world.
Forgive yourself and forgive others for the mistakes and missteps. We have all made them and we will all continue to make them, but they won't be the end of the world.
Then look at the flip side of that particular coin -- congratulate yourself for the good you have done, the accomplishments you have made, remember the difference you have made for others.
It is spring, a time to plant seeds for the future, a time of renewal -- so plan a few good things to accomplish in the coming months.
- Be better about staying in touch with friends and family who are far away.
- Set the alarm a little earlier for a morning stroll in your neighborhood to enjoy that quiet time of the day before the working world wakes up.
- Enjoy our fresh, clear air, it's still some of the best around.
- Take better care of yourself, good health adds great quality to life.
- Promise to take a breath as you are about to get angry and think -- Is the problem really worth the energy anger requires? The same goes for worrying.
- Put all seriousness aside at least once every day and just be silly.
- Laugh more.
- Listen better.
- Remember to say please and thank you.
- No matter how bad things seem to be, remember somebody -- possibly thousands of people -- have it worse.
Embrace this time of renewal of the natural world around us, revel in it, become part of it.
It's a great life and it only takes a slight attitude adjustment and a little effort to make it even better.