I have always loved spring and Easter. When I lived in VA they generally arrived at the same time. Here in Colorado, spring has barely opened one eye. As my friends tell me about their green grass, daffodils and lilacs I try not to be jealous. I am more likely to see a sea white snow from my window as any grass. This year we do have a beautiful day for Easter though the wind may sweep away any small child hunting for eggs outdoors.
What I love about this season is the sense of rebirth and renewal. We often forget that we need winter to slow down and rest in our busy lives. I know that I usually find those 'winter' times frustrating and full of unease because I feel that time is too short and I must get to creating something fabulous. How silly is that? I need to embrace the 'winter' and let my mind and body heal after putting forth such great effort to produce a luscious harvest. I need to restore my energy and fill my heart with joy. Why do I fight it? Why do I think that I should be able to grow and harvest, grow and harvest on and on with no rest?
You would think I would learn easily but this is something my first born, A-type personality continues to struggle with. My Grandfather always admonished us kids to ‘pace yourself’ and ‘stop and smell the roses’. As a society we seem to forget these wise words. We are always in a rush to accomplish the next big thing, buy the newest gadget, often standing in line for days to be the ‘first’ to have the latest and greatest. But does that make us any more fulfilled as a human? Does it make us more successful, more efficient? I think after almost 50 years I have started to embrace the reality that it doesn’t. Taking time to see the beautiful colors in a basket of fresh farm eggs, to see the light of the afternoon sun on the prairie grass, to see the hawk struggle against the wind…these are the things that fill our soul so that we may experience spring.
So, that is what I have been doing the last couple weeks…enjoying ‘winter’! Fortunately for me Mother Nature has given me a few big snow storms so I could really get into it. And you know what? It worked! All of a sudden I have fresh ideas, I am seeing things with ‘spring’ eyes and I am approaching my work with joy instead of listlessly crossing the next item off my to-do list. I also realized that I didn’t have to spend time dyeing eggs because Mother Nature did it for me.