As I pull up the driveway, I find myself thinking of the long day with a sigh and I am glad to be home, though mind is still busy with the problems of the day. I have just turned off the audio book as well. Eckhart Tolle has been talking about life and how to live in the moment! As I get out, I hear the chirping in the trees. I know those birds must be somewhere up there, reminding me again spring is here even though all the trees still look bare. I look to the ground and see some plants sprouting. I try to remember if they were tulips or daffodils. Not able to recall, I tell myself that soon I will know! Thinking back about the day, I am surprised with "That's your life situation, not your life" the thought that has popped up. With that, I realize that I have been after all paying attention to the man, despite the stream of thoughts that seemed to have come my way! As I continue to stand on my drive way hugging my jacket closer, listening to the sound nature is making reminding me that, that is life in its full glory I am grateful for the words that have come my way reminding me what's important! I open the garage door and sigh! The air smells like it is going to snow, the gray clouds promise the same; more snow as predicted. Weather man's prediction or not, sometimes one just feels! Before getting back into the car to tackle another day, I decide to walk out and feel the air. It has already begun to drizzle and the crackling sound as the ice rain falls and melts as soon it touches the ground is both exhilarating and unnerving at the same time and yet I can see life going on, nature doing what it ought to do, reminding me to separate life's situations from life itself! Another rough day, I come home and the snow is building up slowly. I sit with a cup of coffee and watch the gently falling snow. I sigh! I want to make the day better for me. Just then two birds settle down on to the snow digging deep, finding something looking hither and thither shaking off the snow, reminding me to separate life's situations from life itself! I smile. I am grateful to have an understanding that if I pause enough, I can see life in all it's glory in the birds, the snow, the ready to sprout branches, the bunnies that are braving to come out and of course all the puppies from the neighborhood, playing in the snow, barking, seemingly sending messages to one another! I feel better. Kids want Chinese take out. As I pick up my food, the friendly person at the check out counter asks me "How is your day going?" I pause thinking about the question, smile and tell him "Actually it is going real well!" He seemed equally surprised at my answer and flashes me a wide smile. As I sign the receipt, I tip him generously hoping I made his day as well, thinking of the two random acts of kindness that had chosen to come my way despite what had seemed like a rough couple of days! Those acts that came my way showed 'life' to me while I was sorting out the seemingly important 'life situations'! Just as I pull in, I have a message from my DH and my car reads what came as "Super hungry " as "super hungry, very sad face" making me smile! As I open the patio door to let my dog out, it is 6.30 in the A.M and am mildly surprised that I can see the daylight already breaking. I can hear in the air the chirping of the birds, asking the world to wake up to the glory of sunrise. I smile, spring is almost here. I head out to my yoga session with my friend. We usually indulge in a good cup of coffee on weekends after yoga and chit chat quite a bit! As we are talking, my friend's attention is drawn to the birds that are coming towards her patio and she realizes that she has not refilled her bird feeder. She hurries out continuing the conversation to refill it - reminding me yet again that what we were talking about was just a life situation while life was happening all around us! I decide to finish my grocery shopping for the week before going home from yoga. I am not surprised to see lovely display of flowers welcoming spring reminding me of as long we learn to separate our life situations from life!