May 17: A State of Serendipity
noun: serendipity; plural noun: serendipities
- the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.”a fortunate stroke of serendipity”
Spring has come late this year to New Hampshire. The cold temperatures have lingered and we even had 5 inches of snow on Mother’s Day weekend. Over the past two months, the pandemic has altered our lives in ways we could never have imagined. Uncertainty continues to prevail as we watch in trepidation what twists and turns the virus will take. But along the way, we’ve slowly shifted into accepting and adapting to the new reality of living one day at a time.
The blooming in May makes it one of my favorite times of the year. In the past, we have often been too busy to savor it, as we normally would be working non-stop in preparation for a busy show season. Even on weekends, if we’re not at a show, we’re in our studios, designing, restocking, getting ready for the next one.
The cancellation of five upcoming shows has altered this as well. While we continue to create and share our jewelry online and in several stores, the sense of a time crunch has evaporated. These days we don’t hit the floor running, making time now to savor the birds on our deck, finishing overdue projects and fulfilling the long-standing goal to build a new flower garden.
While we usually try to walk each day, this past week, we took two days off and headed into the woods to see what changes Spring has brought. With the trees not fully leafed, it’s also a perfect time for bird watching and to see returning warblers.
Entering the trail into the woods, always brings a sense of anticipation. Laden with binoculars, a guidebook and a camera, we head into a “state of serendipity”. We never know what we’ll find, which wildflower is blooming or bird we’ll see. As we meander, our attention is focused on the nature that surrounds us. Our senses become more attune to the colors, flutterings and birdsong that surrounds us. A spot of pink and white against a brown pallet of leaves becomes a painted trillium. A flash of yellow high in the trees yields a glimpse of a warbler we have never seen before. Outside concerns evaporate in this total immersion of being fully aware and present to what the world has to offer.
It seems fruitless to worry about what’s ahead, when one is surrounded by the evidence in Nature that no matter what happens, life does go on. Spring is late this year, but the sight of early wildflowers, budding trees and returning birds reminds us that each new discovery we encounter in life can become little unexpected gifts to celebrate.
During this time of trial, what unexpected gifts have you found to celebrate? We would love to hear your thoughts.