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The Elder-Boomer Buzz, Issue #023 -- Springy Creativity
May 14, 2010

Issue #23
Springy Creativity


I came across a really nice article recently about spring and perking up oneís life with nature. Itís written by Natalie Caine at www.emptynestsupport.com Ė and if youíre an empty nester of any age, do check out her web site.
    ďSpring cleaning triggers a part of you that wants to toss the old, clear out your space, and then pick a new, to decorate and bring in beauty. Beauty feeds your peace and your creativity. A plant, like rosemary, chamomile, or basil in your home can calm you. We forget to take in the scents of life. I have an herb plant in every room and at my door step. Five dollars to buy or pennies to plant by seed.

    Did you know nature has a fantastic display of colors to spark your ideas for paint colors and decorating?

    Take photos of what you are attracted to in your yard or on a hike. Print them. Tape them up and notice what colors keep getting your attention. Take that color to your paint store and they will match it for you.

    As you are metaphorically decorating your life with choices of whatís next for you, walk in nature. Stop. Day dream. Quiet your mind. Is what you have given to others, what you wish would be given to you? Have you put that want in your re-evaluation of your life? Nature will hold your tears and your dreams.

    I carry a small notepad and golferís pencil, even though I donít golf, in my pocket when I go for a walk. Sometimes I donít want to think or have words, so I donít write. I simply want to see what I see and really see it. Other times, I pause and write a word or whatever enters my mind. Frustrating part, is when I get home, I canít read what I wrote. I guess I need to slow down my writing.

    Did you use to go camping? Bring those places, smells, colors back to you. Maybe go camping again, even in your backyard.Ē
Make sure to check out, if you havenít already, our page about Outdoor Elderly Activities! We have ideas for all seasons, and many activities can be shared with all ages.



Visit our web site for lots more great articles for baby boomers and seniors at www.elder-one-stop.com.

The best to you,

Mary

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