When he was small, my youngest son had a habit of filling his pockets with treasures he encountered in his daily adventures. I didn't always understand the value he saw in his chosen objects -- really, how many rocks and sticks could one boy keep? In his eyes, though, each one was beautiful and important. Life is just like that on a larger scale, isn't it? We gather up the precious bits of our experiences and save them all to learn from and enjoy later. Perhaps you'll find a little something here that you'd like to keep in your own pockets. Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Rise and shine

Suddenly, everything feels new and different in the world around me.  There are times when this feeling has unsettled me, made me sense that maybe my feet weren't planted firmly on the ground and that I might tumble off an edge somewhere, but now is not one of those times.  Today the change is a ray of sunshine, a breath of fresh air that wraps me in a friendly embrace and makes me feel like I'm floating on the notes of a pretty melody. 

In just a few short weeks, the outside view has gone from this

to this

and the lightning quick shift in seasons seems to have awoken new life everywhere I look.  Though the same process happens sometime every spring, its breathtaking beauty never ceases to fill me with joy and wonder.

I love living in a part of the world where the seasons change so noticeably.  It's a frequent reminder that humans, like all living things, were never meant to be static.  Just as the delicate green buds burst forth from their confining skins each spring, just as the early blooming flowers turn their lovely faces to the sun for encouragement, just as the sweetly chirping birds build marvelous nests in which to nurture new life, so too should we be inspired to grow, and blossom, and create all over again as we move through the seasons of our life.  If we've been sleeping too long through the gray sameness of winter, spring reminds us that there is always more beauty deep within us, ready to unfold if we heed its tentative whispers and give it the nourishment it needs to flourish.

I'm inspired by the tender transformations all around me this time of year.  The loveliness of spring is gentle proof that we don't need to fear or resist change, for it has the power to lead us to a fuller, more vibrant life.  This wonderful truth seen in nature calls me to walk confidently and happily forward, each footstep solidly grounded by past experience and earned wisdom, each heartbeat and thought reaching up into the bright blue beyond, full of hope and promise and wonder for what I am yet to become.

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