“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
That time of the year is upon us again – when you start brushing stuffy old winter out the door and welcome in the fresh air of spring. Sounds of the songbirds start floating on the breeze again, green slowly starts overtaking the brownness of the landscape, and the sun stops being so elusive.
As difficult and long as our winters can be, I’ve never been able to fathom living in a place with a more muted approach to seasons. It is a beautiful transition to watch and continually be a part of, because not only is the environment undergoing a transformation, but you start to as well. If you watch close enough, you will find different parts of yourself engaging and, likewise, disengaging. Quite synonymous with nature.
Winter is a time for pensiveness, looking inward, more focused activities, and resting. And, as many inhabitants in the Midwest can attest, simply surviving. Spring is a time for reawakening, and starting to stir from the cocoon of winter. You eagerly start brainstorming and setting in motion your activities and plans for the next many months. You become busier, more involved, more hopeful, happier. Summer brings fun, joy, spontaneity. Your focus is doing. You know this time will be over before you know it, so you put all your energy into it and simply live. Autumn starts to refocus your attention once again. Your motions are more purposeful. You begin settle down and to prepare for the quiet season up ahead. This is a time of reflection.
Our tendencies to react to the seasons often mimics nature’s natural progression of things. To realize this is a rather comforting and humbling thing. In the age of technology, our urge to be constantly connected and at the center of it all has seemingly left us disconnected to the most basic, stripped down needs and wants of what it is to have life. How empowering it is to take the time to let yourself be drawn out and become an active participant in your surroundings instead of, at best, a distracted observer. Suddenly, you start to realize that your purpose, in it’s simplest state, is quite analogous with the birds, the bugs, the grasses, the trees – to live and to survive, by interacting with and utilizing the other natural resources around you (both living and non-living).
Taking a time-out and regrouping with this thought is freeing. Humans have become quite skilled at creating a high magnitude of stressors for themselves. Our abilities are our greatest strength and will be our greatest downfall. Getting back in touch with nature offers us a good opportunity to get back to a sense of smallness in the universe – that we are not at the center of it all and cannot and should not try to control it all. Doing so let’s us off the hook a little bit; it shows you that, in all bluntness, it’s stupid to worry about and let ourselves get worked up about probably ninety-five percent of what we get stressed out about.
I don’t know. Perhaps the ‘worry center’ is a like a noxious weed, infiltrating our bodies, taking advantage of all of the freed up space we have created in ourselves as a byproduct of our constant quest for making things ‘easier’ for our human race.
“I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.”
D. H. Lawrence
Anywho, here are some of my favorite things lately that have allowed me to focus on stripping it back down to the basics and the good stuff.
Quiet, but appreciated birthday celebrations.
This guy recently took off on his thirty-first trip around the sun.
He’s had quite a ride thus far!
Sometimes it’s okay to break the rules.
Husbands who cook lazy Sunday morning breakfasts for their brides
Also, locally tapped pure maple syrup. Worth the extra few bucks.
Kicking off the first day of spring by switching out the snowman sheets for the fishing ones.
Because it’s in the little things…
Finding patches of green creeping into our yard.
I have no idea what this plant is that grows on the side of our deck, but it wasted no time… I thank it for it’s early spring cheer 😃
First bonfire of the season
Reconnecting with the front porch swing.
My, how I have missed you…
Getting the garden and flower beds ready for their new residents is the best way to welcome spring. I’m ready to start working on this (not-so-green) thumb of mine!
Something that has become very important to me lately is staying active, working at quality workouts, and focusing more on being fit and strong over just to be skinny.
Somedays, I feel like my time belongs to everyone else but me, and that I have so many people I have to answer too. When I lift weights or run or strength train, that time is my own. I call my own shots. I can push myself as hard or as little as I want. It gives me a challenge. I know what I put into it, I will get out of it. It provides stability when life gets stormy.
Giving and receiving – let’s be honest, I’m a fan of both.
This Easter, I enjoyed putting together little adult Easter baskets for my family. My brother and sister-in-law also hosted a cozy, delicious Easter dinner, complete with cute Easter goodie jars.
A delightful time all around.