Can this be spring? The clouds have finally cleared, the birds are singing and the first flowers have started to bloom. Yup, I officially have both Snowdrops and Crocuses blooming in my yard, despite the last dying vestiges of snow remaining from the winter’s plowing. When I went out to do errands today, I didn’t need a coat and with the clocks officially “sprung-forward” the daylight lasts until most folks are home from work and through dinner. You can almost hear the collective sigh of relief from people as they walk down the street. “We made it through another winter – spring warmth and sunshine is finally here.” (Knock on wood!) You never know in New England, we have had surprise snow storms into April before, and many of us will leave our snow shovels on our porches “just in case” for several more weeks. After all, if we were to put them away prematurely, then we’re just begging for another Nor’easter. But today the temperatures call for a near-record high of 70 degrees!
Down through the centuries, spring is welcomed and celebrated in many cultures and religions. Celebrations most likely based on our undeniable dependence on Mother Earth and the promise of the renewal of nature abound. Easter, May Day and the Cherry Blossom Festival are just a few of the many celebrations we humans hold to commemorate this transition to warmth and renewal. Whether you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or not – there is almost a compulsion to get outside and enjoy the weather. There is no question about it – almost everyone welcomes the advent of spring.
So during this time of year when rebirth and renewal are the focus – what are you going to do to give yourself new life? You’ve had the winter to contemplate and reflect now is as good a time as any to celebrate your own life and to begin anew. You don’t have to start from a clean slate, or make major changes in how you live your life – but why not use this season of rebirth to expand your horizons and try something new? As the Earth awakens from her slumber, and opens her eyes on a new season – allow yourself to begin again with new focus and new energy. It is a process that is ongoing and always available to you – but why not take advantage of the renewal that we all share? The Equinox is just two days away – get out there and celebrate!