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Leaping for Joy

"For to miss the joy is to miss all."

Robert Louis Stevenson

Happy Leap Year Day! An extra day is something everyone can use, even if it is a cold, blustery, cloudy day.

I titled this painting "Winter Blues", but only because of the lovely blue color. I don't get the winter blues, other than to feel slightly sad when the snow begins to melt and leave. I love the clean, white snow. I appreciate the soft, if cold, landing it provides if I stumble or purposely fall into it. I love how it reflects the blue sky and the colorful sunsets and the gray/blue shadows that are cast on it.

So this leap day I am appreciating whatever it brings, since it brings a little when each passing year seems to go by more quickly than the last. The moments we can capture by being present and noticing with gratitude the beauty around us can help us feel like we've slowed down time, if only for a little while. And that gives us time to leap for joy!

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