It’s the first day of spring. It’s a time full of the promise of new growth and renewal. Springtime brings warmth and rest from the harsh greyness of winter. Our spirits lift and we look forward to the blossoming of plants that have lain dormant during the biting frosts and the chilling winds.
Spring is most welcome as a sign of all the good things to come. Now, my aim is to find a positive way of looking at life, but this doesn’t mean that I deny how hard the winter has been. I’ve still felt cold. I’ve still lost precious plants to the frost and I’ve still felt trapped inside on bleak rainy days when I would rather have been outside in the fresh air. But I know that winter only lasts so long and that it is always followed by spring. It’s a fact of life that helps us endure the tough times and keep looking forward with anticipation that we will once again feel the warm sun on our skin and that the trees will bud and the ground will bring forth a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables to nourish us.
I didn’t cause spring to arrive by wishing for it. I didn’t make winter go away by pretending that it wasn’t affecting me and that I was above such feelings. The natural cycle of life is being enacted and I have learnt to believe that today heralds a new season and that summer will follow soon in all its fullness.
Life’s a bit like that. We can’t wish away the hard times, and denying the losses and pain doesn’t make them any less real. But, just as spring follows winter, it is possible to look ahead with renewed optimism and fresh hope for the future.
I invite you to share with me in welcoming the first day of spring.
How can you use this day to remind yourself of the goodness of life?
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