As I sit in front of the computer, pondering the content of this post about Springtime, it is cloudy and dreary, a little on the coolish side temperature wise and lightly raining. A far cry from the typical picture perfect world of clear, sunny skies and warm weather, but it is a beautiful day.
It's funny, but this day reminds me of a time when I was visiting a warm, sunny place where the sun always shines. Or at least as far as the buffet server was so quick to point out in a not so happy about it way. It was Palm Springs, California and many of my Life sisters were there. I was at the breakfast buffet table when someone remarked about the beautiful, sunny weather. The young man on the other side of the table sounded slightly exasperated as he quickly replied that is was "ALWAYS sunny, EVERY DAY the sun shines". A fact he seemed not too happy about. This made me laugh, and still does.
Why do we humans seem to never be satisfied with things? How could it be possible to be annoyed that the sun shines everyday?
I know, I know, there was probably something else on his mind that was bothering him and he took it out on sunshine. We all have trying times. No human is immune from pain and tragedy. If only that were possible, but to totally avoid the bad parts would be impossible and in their own way, these parts of our lives help to shape us. These times help us see other things in new ways.
Springtime is such a renewal. Nature is just shouting at us to look and pay attention to what is going on! It is such a joy of life that is just bursting out from the earth. The sky is glowing. The new growth and colors of the season are a feast for the eyes. Springtime is nature showing us that even after the harshest of winters, there is new life, new hope. Life is good. Just look around.
Each year, I eagerly await Spring. It is my favorite season. I will begin my vigil shortly after the last firework explodes on New Years eve. It can't come fast enough for me and when it does, I revel in it's beauty.
The way I see things- Spring is proof that no matter how hard things can get, there is always hope. Spring is proof that no matter how ugly things look, there is beauty all around us. Even the barest branches will bring fresh new growth, the sun will come out again after the rain. Spring is proof that no matter what happens, never give up.
Spring is proof that it is a blessing to open your eyes each morning, and draw in your breath and take in the beauty all around.
Even if the sun does shine EVERY day!