o, peeps, where art thou?

: amy butler at reprodepot

You may feel a distinct need to hide out in your home or some other personal space today. While the time you spend in solitude will likely have a positive effect on your mood and demeanor, this need to lay low can last longer than necessary. If you still feel withdrawn after reconnecting with your innermost thoughts and individual values, try asking yourself why you are reluctant to reenter the company of your peers. You may discover today that you are not sure if the pleasures of their company will equal the enjoyment you experienced while isolated. Overcoming this hesitancy will likely be a matter of steeling yourself and reaching out to others.

When we have been out of the social loop for some time, we may be hesitant to reacquaint ourselves with the pleasures of company. This is most often because we fear that the experiences we have in the present will not live up to those we have had in the past, and consequently we would rather dwell fondly upon the past. Yet the memories that sustain us for a short time have no power to bring us satisfaction in the long term. To experience true fulfillment, we must face our fears by emerging into a densely populated world to see what joys lie in wait for our perusals. As our companions welcome us back, we instinctively know we have made the right choice. You will cease to feel reserved today when you recognize that there is a great deal of fun to be had among family and friends.


thrilling and mundane


Your enthusiasm for life can astound you today, prompting you to question whether your excitement is the result of some outside force. However, it may be that you are simply rediscovering the inherent joys of existence after a long period of dreariness. The energy and optimism driving you forward can serve you well in both your personal and professional spheres, as the goals you nurture in each can benefit from an influx of passion. If you cannot seem to muster up this same level of eagerness today when faced with obligations you do not enjoy, consider that you can learn something from almost every activity, however thrilling or mundane.

When we make an effort to approach the many complexities of being with courage and gusto, we discover that our capacity for enthusiasm is much more pronounced than we might otherwise have thought. It is easy to become disheartened by the mundane concerns we must address each day, yet these are often related to the everyday affairs that contribute a great deal to our physical and mental well-being. To experience profound joy, we need only dedicate ourselves to work and play because our devotion allows us to maintain a bright outlook in the face of great challenges. Life simply brings us more joy and is vastly more exciting when we choose to view the world around us a positive and optimistic way. Your enthusiasm will know no bounds today when you believe that there is goodness in store for you.

In today's musenews: the poet with the camera is dead.
:wild strawberries


late starters, but we bloom

And when I add text, where does it go?
Oh, I see.