I recently read a few articles about a 75-year longitudinal study by Harvard on what adds to health, wellbeing, and happiness. The conclusion, that took several generations of scientists to come up with was -- LOVE -- Love causes us to care for the environment around us and our loved ones. It causes us to stop watching the clock and start looking into the eyes of other people.
When was the last time you stopped taking your spouse, children, home, clean dishes, warm blankets and cup of coffee for granted? When was the last time you took the long way through the yard after a workday just for the joy of it? When was the last time you were as excited as your dog to go on a walk with him as he is? Look into his eye's, he is pure joy when that promised daily walk rolls around!
Ok, so what does any of this have to do with ponds? Maybe nothing, maybe everything. As we look at ourselves this Easter (a holiday steeped in extreme love) perhaps it is time to consider what in our lives we should say thanks for and what in our lives we can change to build slowing down into our habits. When we stop to look into the eyes of those we love we win. Happy Easter from Waterpaw Ponds in Northern Michigan.