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Hobbies can be stress relievers; apologies, too

I helped craft a butterfly tray yesterday. I strung beads on baler twine. I know. You have to understand that this is my skill level and up to now, was my level of interest in crafts. However, I found it to be calming, and gracious, sort of fun. I might even try again.

Many times I have talked about living in the present. It, too, can be calming, because you leave yesterday behind, and remember the future is, well, the future. One reminder, if you believe that if you need to apologize for something done yesterday, do it now, and let the day go.

Sometimes, we do need to ask for forgiveness, but it might be helpful for you to remember, that your apology might not be received well. There may be resentments and anger surrounding the occasion that prompts this apology.

Some may not forgive you as you would expect. Some won’t even accept the apology. That can be all right. Accept their feelings, be kind, and let it go. Your job is done. It is up to the recipient to do what they will from here on out.

We are not responsible for other’s reaction. We are responsible for all of ours.

We can find things that calm us, and I’m sure most of you have a hobby that does that for you. I used to garden, and digging in the soil is the best.

Now, bending over is not so easy, so I bought a box on legs and is that great. I’m trying to justify buying another one. I can just dig and pick and rearrange to my heart’s content. Try it for yourself.

Our leaves are turning, and in spite of all the rain, we can look forward to a brilliant season. It is my favorite, but then there is spring, and oh yes, snow falling; I guess I’m glad for all the seasons. Each has its glory.

We have found out how much fun a great grandchild is and the pleasure of having no responsibility (his grandparents have to do that). Of course, he is a genius, and the most beautiful kid ever; at 5 months!

If you are able, go outside and enjoy the fall air. The porch will do. Breathe.

I know you will be kind to yourselves and others, and thank you for your kindnesses to me.

Note to readers: Nedda Simon of rural Princeton can be reached at neddasimon@ymail.com.

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