March 21, 2021: Spring Into Hope
On Saturday, March 20 at 5:37 a.m., Spring officially began for the northern hemisphere. Scientifically, as the sun’s orbit veers northward over the equator, the northern hemisphere tilts more towards the sun. As a result, each day we see more daylight and the temperatures slowly warm. The dark cold of winter eventually disappears bringing us the hope of new beginnings, the beauty of nature in bloom, and the freedom of worry over shoveling snow, the cost of heating oil, and danger over traveling on icy roads.
It was over a year ago, when our lives were dramatically changed due to the pandemic. During this time, I found myself being filled with both anxiety and despair about the uncertainty of what was happening in both in our country with the virus, political strife and social upheavals. I came across the following quote by Rachel Carson which had a significant impact.
There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature-the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.Rachel Carson
It led to a new project where I headed out each day with my camera, seeking signs of Spring. I believed them to be harbingers of hope and better days to come. Along with these photographs, I searched for quotes that transcended the ages, pairing their wisdom with the emerging beauty of nature.
I shared my creations on social media and was motivated by the response to create our first card collections: Blossoms of Hope https://dreamscapejewelry.com/inspirations-of-hope-cards/
Rachel Carson’s quote was a powerful reminder that despite the feelings of uncertainty, there was reassurance in the ever evolving changes in nature. We know for sure that day follows night, Spring follows Winter, and that the cycle of change is part of the process of living.
This week, marked the raucous return of migrating red-winged blackbirds. Their exuberant chatter in tree tops was an anthem welcoming Spring. While the weather is still chilly and the future somewhat uncertain, each day brings us more light, leaving a sense of hope in our hearts and a spring in our steps.
Thank you as always for reading our blog. We welcome your thoughts and quotes that inspire you. We also invite you to share this with someone who might find it meaningful.
“An optimist is the human personification of springSusan J. Bissonette
“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.”Theodore Roethke
“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.”Lewis Grizzard
“Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul.”Luther Burbank
“The promise of spring’s arrival is enough to get anyone through the bitter winter.”Jen Selinsky
“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”Charles Dickens
“The beautiful spring came, and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.”Harriet Ann Jacobs
“Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer.”Anita Krizzan