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Turtle power


Happy February! We've made it through the shortest days of the year, and are starting to experience a few minutes more of sunlight every day-hooray! Last week my son asked me when it was going to be summer, and yesterday he asked me if we could go play at the park. We still have a ways to go, but I'm holding on to the hope of warmer weather heading our way soon.

This week I've been thinking about reptiles. Weird, I know, but hear me out. My hands have been super dry from all of this winter weather, and it made me remember when I was little that my dad would call this having crocodile hands, and would rub lotion on my hands to help them not be so chapped. I love that memory, and have been applying lotion on my hands multiple times a day lately to keep my hands healthy. But on the days I've forgotten to Track or not paid attention, my hands quickly fall back into crocodile hands. So then I try doubling the amount of lotion, but this doesn't help. Turns out, that's not how it works. Generally speaking, it's the slow, steady practice of things that helps, not just sporadic large amounts when we've suddenly remembered to pay attention.

This caused my thoughts to wander to another reptile-the turtle. The epitome of slow, steady practice. The amazing thing about turtles is that although they may be slow, they have great power. A helpful reminder to me that sometimes (many times) Slow=Power.

So as we inch our way towards softer hands, warmer weather, and longer days, may we remember to do the slow, steady work of taking care of ourselves and renewing our strength. My mantra for the month...Turtle Power.

May we be safe, healthy, have joy, and live in peace.

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