Lady Bird Johnson famously said, "Where flowers bloom, so does hope."
If that's true, hope is popping up all around us right now. With tender buds poking up from their winter slumber, you can't help but sense a fresh energy stirring.
Spring is the season that says come out and play.
If a season could speak, I think it would say, "C'mon, go ahead and smile." With that in mind, I wanted to share some of my favorite renewing things. These are not life-changing or monumental, but definitely simple ideas that give you more return than effort.
Maybe it's been a while since you thought about renewal. If that's true for you as it is for me, now is a perfect time. Or if you are excellent at the spring reset, please help the rest of us. We all need the light and love of hope that spring brings.
25 Ordinary But Renewing Things
Simple things that don't cost much or anything at all, but give you life-giving returns.
Meeting a friend for breakfast somewhere you have always wanted to go.
Trying something new - a new workout, recipe, a drive home.
Cleaning out a pocket of clutter that bugs you.
Giving something away.
Gathering whatever is green or growing in your midst for a homespun bouquet.
Cleaning off your desk.
Taking a walk somewhere you have never been before.
Going out of your way for someone who needs encouragement.
Writing a funny thank you note for people who are awesome in your life.
Doing the hard thing you've been dreading just for five minutes - pushups, taxes, weeding.
Making fun plans with people you love.
Asking yourself what you really need and honoring that.
Finding a productive place for anxiety - prayers, exercise, walking, journaling or serving.
Texting/calling a friend you haven't seen lately to let them know you are thinking of them.
Cooking something that reminds you of a happy memory.
Fun puzzles, fun board games, or a new way to play.
Being lovingly clear with what you need - a hug, a compliment, a high five or grace.
Celebrate something, no matter how small. Even on a Tuesday.
Opening the windows and doors to let fresh air in.
Noticing what you appreciate about those around you and taking the time to tell them.
Watching your favorite movies of all time, again.
Planting something to remind you to keep growing.
Finding something new that fascinates you and making it a five-minute daily study (cryptocurrency, fiction writing, dream home designs, learning Italian.)
Random dance parties while you make dinner or clean.
Taking a rest when you need it. Even if it's just for five minutes.