The Unpredictability of Spring

imageIn my mind Spring is sunshine, green grass, snowdrops, primroses, crocuses, daffodils, tulips, bluebells, walks on the beach or through the bluebell and wild garlic woods, newly formed buds on the trees and baby lambs gambolling in the fields…….in reality though it could be anything.

Yesterday, for example, in the space of a few hours we had sunshine, rain, heavy hail storm, more sunshine and then something that looked like it was trying very hard to be sleety snow.

Of course if I am honest with myself Spring is always like this. It’s nothing unusual this year. All too often the bulbs come up, flowers open themselves to bask in the sun only to be battered by winds, rain and sometimes real snow. But there is nothing like being optimistic 🙂

And isn’t that what Spring is about? As the wheel of the year turns, Spring Equinox passes and the seasons move on, we optimistically look forward to what is ahead of us even if it doesn’t turn out quite like we imagine it might.

This is the time of year where we allow ourselves to dream and as nature awakens and slips off its Winter cloak so do we. We too change our appearance, wear brighter colours, smile more, spend more time outside and breathe more deeply. We might open the windows to let in fresh air and in doing so clear the stagnant energy that has been building up. We might open our wardrobe doors and clear out clothes, making space for new ones perhaps but at the same time clearing out the old energy. This is a time of year where we may reinvent ourselves in a million tiny ways or even big ones just as nature does. Just as nature needs time to find who it is at this time of year, who it will be this year, so do we.

Many of us consciously live in close connection with nature and the wheel of the year. We recognise the shifts and changes and know that when we roll with them it is healthier and more productive than fighting against them. Others that do not necessarily have this close connection do this too, although perhaps not consciously, for somewhere deep inside all of us is that spark that keeps alive the connection with the Earth, with nature, and with all that exists, the spark that knows who we are and where we come from.

So Spring……whatever form you are in this year…..bring it on!

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