Today is a glorious, sunny day in Geneva.  My garden has escaped its wintery bonds and is busting out with colourful life – primroses, snowdrops, purple and yellow crocuses, golden daffodils and as yet unidentified shoots.  Spring is here and it is most welcome.

I am reminded about ‘being in the moment’, the philosophy that suggests that you forget the past – it’s gone: don’t worry about the future – it might never happen; and instead enjoy whatever beauty and happiness you can find right now.  This is the secret of a contented life.

Lao Tzu, the founder of Taoism, evidently said : “If you are depressed you are living in the past.  If you are anxious you are living in the future.  If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

On a day like today it is easy to be in the present.  Whatever your circumstances, why don’t you try it?



If ever there were a spring day so perfect,

so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze


that it made you want to throw

open all the windows in the house


and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,

indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,


a day when the cool brick paths

and the garden bursting with peonies


seemed so etched in sunlight

that you felt like taking


a hammer to the glass paperweight

on the living room end table,


releasing the inhabitants

from their snow-covered cottage


so they could walk out,

holding hands and squinting

into this larger dome of blue and white,

well, today is just that kind of day.


Billy Collins




Debbie King

Between 2014 and 2016 I took time out to travel alone around Europe, blogging about my experiences, discoveries and personal development on journeywithmetoo.wordpress.com One of the many beautiful lessons I learned was the possibility of self-discovery and personal growth at any age. I am now passionate about achieving and encouraging successful ageing and making this a Silver Not Grey journey. I hope that Age With Me can inform, inspire, and accompany you on your silver journey. If you want to send me a comment you can do so privately or publicly. If publicly your email address need not be displayed. Please specify if you wish your comment to be private and seen only by me, thank you.

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