Turn Gratitude into Joy

I recently returned from a short visit to Longwood Gardens, about an hour west of Philadelphia. I happened upon it purely by accident after getting somewhat lost on a rural detour driving home to D.C. I decided to seize the moment and check out what was advertised to be the “Summer Spectacular.” I ended up spending hours getting lost in its sprawling meadows (i.e. geeking out with my tripod in a giant field with the birds and deer from all the Disney movies). The notable part of this photo-capade was that upon entering the gates of this flower haven I’d been feeling somewhat low, (dare I say über cranky), my head filled with negative thoughts and needless worries. As per usual however, a morning spent in nature flipped the switch and in my solitude I was able to reflect upon the few positive aspects of my life.

It may sound cheesy, but it’s totes true: finding reasons to be grateful really does bring joy.

“[I have] a strange feeling of absolute harmony. It’s a perfect moment. A soft light, a scent in the air, the quiet murmur of the city. A surge of love, an urge to help mankind overcomes [me].”

-A quote from my favorite movie, Amélie (Watch it this weekend!)