Visions of new flowers, bees buzzing, birds building nests and ducks returning to nearby ponds…these are images of hope, of newness, of possibility. Spring is great inspiration for those of us who look at the seasons of life, and of the changes that each one brings and seek the benefits to be derived. Along with the clock, we’re ready to spring forward.
Ah…but then the hay-fever and allergy sufferers remind us that it isn’t quite as poetic as all that. There’s still the reality of mud and rains, of temperatures going up and down faster than spirits can adjust their frequencies. So spring may come on like new love offering its naive glow, but it has its own idiosyncrasies to deal with. So how do we sort the ah-ha’s from the ah-choo’s?
One of my favorite G.K. Chesterton quotes says, “Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.” Maybe there’s a nugget of truth in there for us. Perhaps a springtime attitude adjustment, a shower of smiles and looking at taking ourselves a bit more lightly is the answer. It’s in the light that most of us thrive, after all. So if we go back to a poetic stance we can appreciate the sentiment of Percy Shelley when he wrote:
And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant”
So today, even for a little while, what if we let spring rise in our hearts, create new energy, let love blossom, then something new may just awaken in us too. Whatever season we find ourselves in, there’s always room for a little touch of spring.
Off we go then…moving forward…ready to grow again!
Be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude.] Eph. 4:23 AMP