Celebrating New Life in the Spring

Spring is nature’s way of saying LET’S PARTY! -Robin Williams.

Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again- Sarah Ban Breathnach.

I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen-  Anne Lamott

One of the best words I have to describe the season of Spring is hope, happiness and positivity.  Spring, the time when the Earth brings forth all its new life and hope renews itself. The days are longer, the air is warmer and everyone starts to spend more time outdoors enjoying the sun and each other. Daffodils and crocus break through the softening earth; the trees have new buds and a definite hue of green; and the robin sings with great joy. It is a time for all to shake off the “dust” of winter and renew the hope in our lives.

Spring signifies what is new in your life or what is being birthed. It could be a new job, a new business venture, a new relationship or a renewed relationship.

Things that are growing and thriving in your life. These things bring you joy and hope. They challenge, motivate, and scare you at the same time. Essentially, they give you a reason to keep going.

As a nurse and counsellor, I get to walk with people who are on the edge of spring all year long. I listen to struggles and stories of despair; sometimes these are told by those who have all but given up that they will ever see a flower open or the surface of the water ripple. I have learned not to offer quick solutions or superficial advice. Rarely do these things help. Seasons have a way of turning when it is time. You can not prescribe or make renewal happen any more than you can dictate winter’s duration. What we can do is nurture hope within ourselves. Hope is an incredibly powerful spiritual quality. It beckons us with a vision of the future. I might be looking out my window at a dry lawn and leafless trees, but when I look through the prism of hope, I can see the green grass that will soon be growing. And when I use my prism of hope I am to renew my inner strength, I am able to see God leading me to a stream of greatness and hope.

Here below are some tips that I would like to share with others that I have been reflecting on as I welcome the Spring of 2021:

Letting God grow you

Let go God grow you

Crocuses, daffodils, and tulips wait expectantly just under the surface of a thin blanket of snow and earth. The trees, stoic and bare, whisper of new life and greener more vibrant days. Rebirth is patient, but ready to announce itself at any moment. No matter how acclimatized we have become to the dead of winter we may have found ourselves in, the alertness of spring does come. Yet, I have at times felt caught off guard by such an abrupt change. The metaphors of turnaround seem at times, jarring and sudden. During moments of quiet contemplation on a silent snowy day, the realities of the incipient hope in the unexpected resurrection of nature around us may be something we wanted, but were not quite ready for.

As I enjoy the spring that we are having I am intentionally asking myself “How has God grown me in the winter? And, how can I use this to glorify Him in the spring?”  When I allow Him to grow me, I will make extra time to count my daily blessings and give Him the glory for them.  

Take stock

Spring’s energy causes us to take stock and decide what to hold on to and what to let go.  This process may require you to practice forgiving yourself or someone else.  It may bring you new opportunities that necessitate making changes to accommodate them.  It may bring up grief, even if you know that what you’re releasing is a good thing.  Although we must all let go of our past, we also integrate those experiences into our psyches as wisdom.  The leaves that start to grow bring beauty and newness, as they start to change, they make the vegetation change too. We too can seek inside ourselves for the beauty that is seeking .

Spring means life.  

Every morning I wake up to the chirping and humming of birds. Tiny birds with such gorgeous colors fluttering from tree to tree and sometimes visiting my patio. I have seen huge white and grey birds in Florida, but never such tiny timid vibrant birds. It just melts my heart. These birds seem to be singing their heart out not bothering about anyone! The lesson I learnt from them is sing the song of your soul! What is that your soul is yearning to do? Get up and do that! Sing the song your soul wants you to sing!

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As we enjoy this season of Spring, we can dream of renewal, growth, and hope.  And, for me, Spring 2021 means drawing closer to God, to hope that Covid will be gone soon and to hope that I can visit family and friends without the fear of Covid.   

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