Spring Cleaning Your Priorities: Real Gold vs. Fools’ Gold

April 1, 2024 | Brian Parman, Director, The Point & Pavilion

by Brian Parman, Director of The Point and Pavilion

Ah, spring! Allergies aside, It’s truly one of my favorite times of year! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and then suddenly, our to-do lists explode with possibilities. Between the additional yard work and gardening, yard sales, volunteer opportunities, rediscovering that perfect long-lost recipe for the perfect family gathering, and the ever-present urge to declutter, it’s easy to get swept away in a whirlwind of “shoulds.”

But hold on a minute! Before we get lost chasing pyrite (better known as fool’s gold), let’s take a deep breath and remember what truly matters. Because sometimes, the most valuable things in life aren’t found on a dusty shelf or unearthed in a crowded garage sale.

The real gold, my friends, is right here, right now. It’s the sense of belonging and connection we find in our communities. It’s the laughter shared over coffee with a neighbor, the camaraderie of a shared activity group, the helping hand extended to someone in need. It’s the tapestry of experiences woven together, year after year, with the wonderful people who share our journey with us each day.

Think about it. Remember that time you helped organize a fantastic potluck? Or when your gardening tips saved a newbie’s prized rose bush? These seemingly small moments, these acts of kindness and shared experience, are the true treasures. They enrich our lives and the lives of those around us, fostering a sense of purpose and belonging that no amount of “stuff” ever can.

Speaking of gardens, are you ready to cultivate some real gold this spring? Our community is thrilled to offer a new six-week course called “Peace In The Garden: The Benefits of Connecting with Nature” led by Sandra Zelley, LCSW Horticulture Therapist. Beginning April 15th, this program will explore how gardening and horticultural activities can connect you with the natural environment, a proven source of social engagement, exercise, purpose, and a positive self-image.

But wait, there’s more! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our annual SPRING FLING event on Friday, April 26th in Central Park! This year’s celebration features a delicious picnic lunch, a nod to the Kentucky Derby with festive attire encouraged, and amazing music by The Kate Minor Orchestra. It’s the perfect opportunity to savor the real gold of our community – connection, laughter, and shared experiences.

So, this spring, as you tackle your to-do list, consider adding a new item: “Savor the Real Gold.” Make time for the things that truly matter – joining “Peace In The Garden,” attending the Spring Fling, or simply spending time appreciating the beauty of nature with a friend.

Remember, the real riches in life aren’t found in attics or bargain bins. They’re found in the connections we make, the smiles we share, and the positive impact we have on one another. Let’s celebrate those connections, cultivate them with care, and watch our community continue to bloom! Now, that’s some real spring cleaning for the soul!

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