So, as my mind is a bit sad, I am also happy with what is happening outside of our house. SPRING! Trees are blossoming, voilets are popping up, the green, soft, lush grass has returned, the magnolia tree is blooming.
And the tender violets have come forth out of the hard clay soil over a rocky cliff on which our property sits. How strong they are to make their way after the frigid winter we had, through the hard soil, to face the perils of our three dogs not to mention hungry deer. The potential of these pretty flowers was there all winter long. There when the ice froze on the big trees in the forest behind our house, their limbs cracking, moaning, and falling with a crashing sigh onto the snow and dead leaves and arrowheads I imagine are buried there. There's a lesson in this somewhere...
Tyler (our Pekingese) and I made our way down the big hill and into the edge of the woods yesterday. This is a nice time for it as green ground cover is all over the place, covering up the dead leaves, yet the trees are still bare enough that I can see pretty far into the woods. Tyler loves it! I am always surprised at how many fallen trees there are (I feel like I should "do" something with them, but -- another lesson -- Mother Nature already has a way to incorporate tree trunks into her grand plan). Tyler becomes a jumping, running, smiling, rabbit-like creature and this, during our walks, is when he finds his inner dog. I took him to Philadelphia with me one time. Put him on a leash and walked him down a busy sidewalk. He hated it. Take him into the woods, off leash, doggie whistle in my hand, and he is in absolute heaven. His heaven will include all the smells of the forest, I'm sure.
As Spring comes to your neck of the woods, take time to leave the computer, leave the couch, turn off the TV, put down that book and go outside. Look, breathe in, take some photos, let your eyes wander...find something new and wonderful. Be filled with the renewing spirit embedded in our beautiful earth.