"Eat an apple every day,
Get to bed by three,
Oh, take good care of yourself
You belong to me."
From Button Up Your Overcoat by DeSylva, Brown. Henderson
Word(s) of the Week: MINIMUM DAILY REQUIREMENT
It is part of my manifesto or perhaps mantra, color is a nutrient. As is beauty, however you define it. While certain resources may grow thin from time to time, we are kept steady and strong by that which feeds the spirit. Added, of course, to the daily apple and the likes of vitamin D. Sufficient sleep, laughter in excess, for there can never be too much, and ditto for kindness in all directions, make us mighty or at least above average. They help us cope, transcend the bumpy interludes, keep us in good fettle.
In "The House at Pooh Corner," Kangaroo gave Roo and Tigger malt extract as "strengthening medicine." I have held that thought my entire life, coming to identify certain, let's call them nostrums, as my strengthening medicines. Last week in one of those internet articles on how to make your life better was the suggestion to send a thank you note every week. Simple, right? Good manners, the chance to create mail art, something we would all like to receive. My strong intention is to add it, with thanks for the idea. The more full our bag of shoring-up tricks, the less apt we are to sag or falter.
For today and every day, let us be generous with ourselves in thoughts and acts that sustain us. Life can feel like a daunting assignment if one is undernourished. Do what is necessary and please, take good care of yourself. xo