For many, this winter has been a real trial. It was long, cold, snowy, and super inconvenient (if you live in the northern climes).However, Spring has finally arrived for us northeastern dwellers. The crocuses and daffodils are in bloom and the forsythia is starting to treat us to its riotous color. Spring always reminds me that nothing lasts forever. Moments of peace, experiences of joy, happy reunions, exciting adventures, as well as periods of confusion, times of distress, and challenging difficulties all enter our lives at one time or another. How we respond may impact how long we live in those moments or how those experiences ultimately shape our lives. I will always look for the yellow of spring to appear knowing that it may be dormant but never dead. Spring reminds me that newness and growth are exciting! The days are longer, the air fresher, the sun is brighter and hope abounds. It wakes me out of my slumbering winter hibernation and invites me to play, pray, participate, plan, and basically get going! I even start waking up earlier, eager to use the day to its fullest. I’m not the only one who feels the motivation in that early morning light:
Why I Wake Early Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who make the morning and spread it over the fields and into the faces of the tulips and the nodding morning glories, and into the windows of, even, the miserable and crotchety— best preacher that ever was, dear star that just happens to be where you are in the universe to keep us from ever-darkness, to ease us with warm touching, to hold us in the great hands of light— good morning, good morning, good morning. Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness. –Mary Oliver
Do you feel extra motivated in the spring? Do you wake up earlier in the warmer, brighter months? Stay tuned for our next newsletter for information about what we’ve been busy planning!