The best of now

The first flowers of spring won't last, but we can enjoy them today! Keukenhof, the Netherlands, March 2007

The first flowers of spring won’t last, but we can enjoy them today!
Keukenhof, the Netherlands, March 2007

“No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.”
John Greenleaf Whittier

No matter what is going on in your life right now, this day holds many hidden gifts.  Which ones will you discover?

One year ago today:

Not a harbor

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. Good morning, Julia!
    This idea is so important.
    If you remember that book of my watercolors I showed you, this will make more sense. I’m not as far along in that book by Thich Nhat Hanh as I thought I’d be by now, but yesterday I did a quick painting of a facemask and the word “samtusta,” which is intended to express a very similar concept: we have what we need to be satisfied right now.
    Especially as people are going crazy about the plans we’re making and the things we’ll do “once this is over,” we forget that we have today, the here and now.
    Of course, as an introvert, I’m pretty much happy here and now. How are you?

    • I’m fair to partly cloudy.

      • Praying for you and your family.

        • Thank you. ❤

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