No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow – Proverb
I’ve been waiting patiently for some green to begin sprouting.
And finally… Southwest Virginia has obliged.
Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. – Laura Ingalls Wilder
There are vibrant greens reminding me that spring is a time of new growth.
This spring I am growing…. branching out in new ways…starting with my first overseas trip in a week and a half.
Amsterdam and Paris are that much closer to having my all of my senses take in their beauty.
In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move. -Henry Rollins
Like the brand new shoots on a tree, I am determined to press through into new growth and emerge as an evolved creation.
One who doesn’t let fear create stagnation.
Who are you and what do you know of the world if you stay in your little box?
I understand that this is fine for some.
In fact, this is a joy for some.
For me, I want to experience the world.
To see things that I have only imagined.
And this requires pressing outside of my comfort zone.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Just as my yard retains the remnants of fall and winter, I too retain what those seasons have taught me.
Fall has taught me the wonder of letting old things go.
It taught me that change can bring about the most beauty.
Winter has taught me to be grateful.
Grateful for the warmth of a fireplace and cozy blankets.
Grateful for the blanket of snow that covers all the ugly and makes it beautiful.
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. -Hal Borland
And now Spring.
With its tiny buds shooting forth here and there.
The vibrant pink that will soon give way to the green leaves that will emerge on this tree.
I will continue to grow.
Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own. – Charles Dickens
The blossoms on the crabapple tree in my front yard.
Its weeping willow style branches reminding me of an aging grandmother.
Standing there despite its decay, producing beautiful blossoms.
Soon little apples will follow and the deer will come to feed.
A circle produced before my time in this home.
This tree who keeps offering what it can.
I want to be like this tree.
Changing the world in the most imperceptible ways just because I have done what I can to make a difference.
The beautiful spring came; And when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. -Harriet Ann Jacobs
I stood below this dense canopy of blooms, reminded that we are all a part of the whole.
Our choices have a ripple effect.
What do you choose?
Do you choose kindness?
Where flowers bloom, so does hope. – Lady Bird Johnson
Each individual CAN make a difference.
Even if it is a smile you offer.
Even if it is a helping hand.
Yes, even if it is a kind word.
You can make a difference.
You can make the world a little better.
What are you going to do to change the world?
Let your light shine!