Did you notice that in many parts of our world, it is time to move our clocks forward one hour on Saturday night?
It is a time to ”spring forward” both in time and mentally. Winter is over, at least according to the calendar. Spring – the time of new beginnings, a fresh start, a time of hope and renewal – it is time.
Winter is past, at least in our northern hemisphere. The trees will soon be in leaf, and the geese – Canada geese! – have returned to my apartment complex pond – even though that pond is still frozen over! Now that is hope for the future, even in our Canada geese. Their instinct tells them that the ice will soon be gone and still and gentle waters are ahead.
I hear the geese as they return to the iced over pond. There are not many – a lot of the flock pass over, but the few that land! They have hope for the ice to melt and water to be there, for their mating and for the young ones. I will watch this year, as always, for the little ones to learn to swim and then to fly.
The red winged blackbirds will return as well, nesting in the reeds along the edges of the pond.
The sparrows! So many of them so plain and so brown and so loud! They too will return.
The flowering trees in the complex will bloom. Soft pink blossoms that scent the air for oh so short a time, as the winds waft through the branches, and slowly the blossoms fall to the ground.
This is life. This is the beginning of the next stage of our lives. We have the power to accept it, to acknowledge it and to use it for our enrichment.
Peace, the sounds and the fragrance of the spring air – this is what we have, the here and the now!
Use it! Appreciate it! Today! Love!
Anne Bradstreet (1612 – 1672), ‘Meditations Divine and Moral,’ 1655