Calgon, take me away! Remember that commercial, a woman sinking down into a nice, hot, and aromatic bath? The consensus around town is everybody’s feeling the stress and strain of life and could use an escape to renew, restore and reconnect! Here’s the deal, with the nice weather, many of you have started pulling out the tools for working on your yard and garden. It’s that time of year where you pull out the fertilizer and get down to business. That particular scent of decay takes on a whole new meaning to the word stench. Despite the smell, all of you will agree, with time, your garden and yard will look new and improved. Ironically, it’s been happening to all of us. It’s good to know that all the conflict, stress, anxiety, worry, fear, and exhaustion can be summed up as life’s fertilizer.
Just when you think you can’t go on another minute, I’m here to tell you to keep going, you can do it! When you see your co-worker with his/her head down on their desk, reach out and remind them to keep going, just a little bit further! When you spot the woman in the store with the screaming kid wrapped around her leg, touch her on the shoulder and say hang in there, they grow up so fast. Just as your college student is considering dropping out and riding their thumb to Mexico, take them in your arms and tell them how much you love them and to forge ahead, there is light at the end of this semester. Encouragement is the antidote!
I find whenever I take the focus off of myself and place it on someone else by saying a kind word or just smiling and wishing them a nice day, it regenerates my strength and capacity to keep going. We are all in this together. Fertilizer can have miraculous results. Just imagine the blooms we’ll be parading around with by the end of the month. Looking good, now, stretch & get back to work, it’s 5:00 o’clock somewhere!
Originally printed in the Bay City Tribune April 17, 2016