“The road up and the road down is one and the same.”  Heraclitus

You could interpret that quote in lots of ways, but now, towards the end of a snowy, cold February, maybe it’s a good time to think about the road going up!

With the Christmas season and Valentine’s behind us, what are your plans for the rest of year?  If you’re tired of winter and ready for spring, don’t be discouraged – it really is coming.

While we’re waiting though, now is a good time to put life in perspective.  When we’re inside our homes and maybe not getting out as much as usual due to the weather, we can get lost in negative or sad thoughts. It’s easy to do and we’ve all been there.  Life is hard and we all have things we wish we could change, but, if we focus on those things we start on a downward road and we forget about the things we can be positive about.

Be conscious of your thoughts right now and focus on what makes you happy.  What do you have to look forward to?  How can you improve someone else’s day?  Even smiling at someone can help brighten your day and theirs; sometimes it’s just the simple things that keep us going.

If this sounds too Pollyannish – too cheerful no matter what – remember that the road downhill is a quick trip, the road up takes effort and strength and sometimes struggle, but when you get to the top the view is clearer and the sun shines.

We’re all in this together – let’s keep going and look forward to spring!!