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April 14, 2019: Searching for Signs of Spring

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” –Marcus Aurelius

Spring, this year in New England, has taken her time in making her appearance.  The signs of her approach have been subtle, camouflaged by days of continued bitter cold, gray skies, sleet and snow.  Yet like a favorite aunt’s treasured perfume announcing her arrival before she enters the room, the signs of Spring’s arrival are here…..if only you take the time to look for them.

Red Maple Buds

Three weeks ago, when the headlines were full of dismay and the coming season was hiding in the snowbanks, I began to look each day for signs that the positive seasonal change was happening (https://dev.dreamscapejewelry.com/2019/03/24/march-24-2019-return-of-the-blackbird)   I’d head out with my camera and search for evidence.  It was a challenge in the beginning, but in looking carefully, I found them.  Some were quintessential Spring in NH; like frost heaves that announce the frozen water under soil is now in action, turning our roads into rollercoasters. Others were more subtle. Tiny red buds on the maple trees, the return of a migrating bird, streams sluggishly emerging from frozen beds, but each one was a gift, a glimmer of hope.  On these walks, I found that any negative thoughts or worries seemed like the ice to melt away.  In turning my attention to looking for the beauty of rebirth and positive change, my mindset was transformed as well.  

Two weeks ago, this pond was still frozen….now it’s the gathering place for mallard ducks

Discussions with friends and neighbors had revealed the discouragement of how long winter was lasting. I made a decision to share these images each day on social media, calling them “Signs of Spring in NH”.  The focus of now looking for the beauty and rebirth of this season, sets a tone for the day, that dispels the darkness of world news or troublesome worries. It brings me back to the present moment, with an awareness of how precious this gift of life is, not to squander, but to celebrate. 

Kildeer have arrived back in New Hampshire, filling the air with their self-calling songs.

I love the beginning quote from Marcus Aurelius, whose voice echoes from a distance of almost two thousand years.  A poignant reminder that when we dwell on the beauty and grace of life, our hearts will bloom with an everlasting Spring. 

Head outdoors today and see what you can find.  What changes bring hope to your heart? I’d love to read about what you discover.

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