A Celebration of Spring
After a long, cold, dark winter, Spring is a time of reawakening, new beginnings, transformation and hope. Like the legendary lion of early March winds, spring’s early onset of roars set earth’s stage for acts of beauty, change, and new growth. Despite the snow that fell last night, here in New Hampshire, the signs of Spring are emerging. The sun is rising earlier each morning, along with an increased chorus of bird song. Daylight Savings Time is now in effect and our days seem brighter and longer. This week, we’ve seen the return of some migrating birds, as well as evidence that hibernating animals are now emerging from their dens. On the ends of tree branches, buds are emerging and the bitter cold, like the snow seems to be melting away. The birds visiting our feeders are now changing into their “courting colors” with their brighter feathers, and in our yard, the first crocus poked out its head to greet the sun.
The annual tradition of “Spring Cleaning”, can refer to not only our homes, but to ourselves as well. This practice can inspire us to reevaluate our lives to determine what’s gone well, what didn’t, and what changes do we want to make in this new season of our lives. Like a gardener, we can plant the seeds of our hopes and dreams, tending them with care and the steps we take, until they bloom into fruition.
We’ve gathered some of our favorite quotes and images to inspire you in this season of awakenings, hope and new beginnings.
“The beautiful spring came; and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.”— Harriet Ann Jacobs
“Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.”— Jim Carrey
“Hope sleeps in our bones like a bear waiting for spring to rise and walk.”— Marge Piercy
“Spring drew on…and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that hope traversed them at night and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.”–Charlotte Brontë
“Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul.”— Luther Burbank
“Spring: a reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.”— Unknown
“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed… Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.”— Henry David Thoreau
“Come with me into the woods. Where spring is advancing, as it does, no matter what, not being singular or particular, but one of the forever gifts, and certainly visible.”— Mary Oliver
“Where flowers bloom so does hope.”— Lady Bird Johnson
“A flower blossoms for its own joy.”— Oscar Wilde
“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep their light.”— Theodore Roethke
“When one flower blooms, spring awakens everywhere.”— John O’Donohue
We hope you have found some inspiration from the shared quotes and images we have created to celebrate this magical season. Thank you for taking the time to read our Weekly Wanderings Blog and we invite you to share it with someone who might find it meaningful. If you have additional quotes that inspire you, please share them in the comments below.
Best regards, Wendy and Ron
April 2, 2023
Indeed, your comments and quotations are like seeds of hope challenging the ground that refreezes nightly and the remnants of snow that still cling to shadowy places in the woods. You inspired me to look and listen for signs of spring and indeed there are a few here in Downeast Maine: in addition to our longer days, we hear woodpeckers drumming, and increased chirping in the thickets, the goldfinches are donning yellow feathers, and chive shoots are just poking their pointy heads out of the garden soil. Time to bring the bird feeders in at night (bears)! Nary a crocus, but because we hope – we know they are there. Thank you for reminding us all to cherish and embrace the change.
April 3, 2023
Thank you sweet friend for reading our blog and your wonderful comment….your observations have added to the richness of the season.