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Monday
Mar202017

Focus On Spring's Unparalleled Gifts and Allow Next to Blossom

Are you smiling? It’s the first day of spring. The gift of hope and anticipation is in the air. Even though in New York we still have quite a lot of snow covering the ground, knowing that the new season (and one of my favorite ones) has arrived, makes me happy. There’s a joyful flutter within and a lightness that is present.

 

 

 

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”

 – Doug Larson

 

Yes, I know that life isn’t just sunshine and happy days. We have times of stress and sadness. We have days of challenges and despair. Yet we also have times of joy, of growth, of delight and hope. Let’s celebrate now. Let’s be on the lookout for and be mindful of all that we’re grateful for. Let’s acknowledge that we have the strength to face the challenges ahead and the insight to make the changes that we desire.

 

“I am going to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.”

 – Anne Lamott

 

What will be next for you? Do you need some time centering yourself in the here and now? Will you shift your focus to what you’re doing, feeling or thinking at this moment? Do you need to take care of the basics by eating something healthy, taking a walk outside, or getting some rest? Is it time to face a problem head-on like getting help with your organizing challenges or addressing your calendar and time clutter?

Here’s the beauty of this season. It’s a chance to reset. It’s a chance for a do-over or even a makeover. Access this moment, which will in turn improve your next step.

In the process of being, remember to pause and breathe in the wonders of spring. Where are you now? What are you feeling hopeful about? What is one challenge you’re facing? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!

 

 

 

 

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Spring is a hopeful season for me. I know the joys are waiting to pop out and surprise me! I itch to get outside and work in the garden and walk without gloves and inhale that beautiful scent of growth. Every day has its challenges, and some seasons feel heavier than others, but the rhythm of the seasons grounds me and makes me feel stable in the face of chaos. The days will keep getting longer - a fact I can cling to and watch unfold!

March 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- From your poetic writing, I can see that you too are a spring appreciator. These days ahead are quite magical with the weather warming and the earth "waiting to pop out." I know what you mean about the rhythm of the seasons and how their predictability is grounding in itself.

March 20, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I tend to be most active in the spring and fall. I think it is because it is a time of change. The inspiration of the changing weather, blooming trees, and flowers make it easy to rest my mind and create new goals. Now, if I can only get a handle of my allergies, that would be perfect. =)

March 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

I've let my photography slide during the blahs of winter, so I'm hoping that spring will give me the motivation I need to get going again.

March 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Sabrina- Ahhh. Allergy season. I'm so sorry that you're an allergy sufferer. I guess that's the yin/yang of spring. Here's hoping that the season's inspiration supersedes the allergy issues.

@Janet- I know what you mean. While I've been taking some photos during the winter, it hasn't been as regularly as during the warmer times of year when I'm outside more. I'm guessing that the magic of spring will be an awesome motivator for getting you out and capturing images again. Looking forward to seeing your images.

March 20, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Spring means that our local Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) programs will be starting! I always eat so much healthier in the spring and summer months. Bring on the kale! :)

March 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Soboleski

I love the change of seasons and all the new opportunities each season brings. With Spring it's time to refresh inside and outside. I like that it's a time to let go and embrace at the same time. The flowers, birds chirping, and the smell of freshly watered grass all make this a happy time too!

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Spring is my absolute favorite season. Usually, I'm waiting, watching for the plants that I've planted to spring forth, multiply and show me their new flowers. Since I moved into a new house I've had the opportunity to create another wonderful garden. The foundation plants had long been neglected. It's really wonderful to go outside and see that they are starting to regenerate. I think it will be several more springs before they will be at their best. This is a work in progress - a long term project - As I teach my clients to, I'm taking small steps to creating the garden I see in my mind's eye.

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

Now that the nice weather's here, I'll have to be careful I don't come up with some other excuse for not getting out with my camera!

March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Sarah- CSA sounds like a great program. Is that a community garden? We have that in our town. When it first started, I almost joined, but then realized that I didn't have the time at that point to invest in the "growth." But I love the idea. Perhaps it's something in my future. Happy, healthy eating!

@Ellen- You've expressed so beautifully the "happy" that comes with spring in the sights, sounds, and scents. It is a wonderful time of year that amazes me year after year. I never tire of the blossoming.

@Diane- Spring is the season of blooming and renewal. I can sense the joy and anticipation that you've expressed about noticing as your new garden comes to life. And you've mentioned also about the investing in nurturing it...those small steps, patiently and lovingly taken to help it become what you imagine it to be.

@Janet- Nature will be calling you. And at least you have your monthly trips to visit your sister when I know you'll be going out (camera in tow) for some nice, nature walks. So much to see and breathe in.

March 21, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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