Spring is here. The trees are blooming and the weather is warm.
“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.
~ Yoko Ono
“Spring, which germinated in the earth, moved also
with a strange restlessness, in the hearts of… women.
As the weeks passed, inextinguishable hope, which
“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime.
Never make a negative decision in the low time.
Never make your most important decisions
when you are in your worst moods.
Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass.
The spring will come.”
~ Robert H. Schuller
hooray for the arrival of spring!
~ Hal Borland
Happy New Year! Once again.
As some of you may recall I love holidays and celebrating them. So I was very happy to see the wiki article about the celebrations for the Chinese New Year. There are certain things to do days before this holiday and up to 15 days to celebrate. Though some areas of China only celebrate for only two or three days.
Seriously, any holiday that celebrates the coming spring is very welcome to me this time of year. Tomorrow is another holiday of looking towards spring. I am looking forward to finding out about what the forecast is for an early spring. I would really like an early spring, but no matter what I am confident that I, from my safe home base, will be having lots of fun, reaching out for more people in my life, working on healing, going to therapy, reading, biking.
One of the things that I have loved for years and years is conclusion with the Lantern Festival. I love lights at night, so this has always grabbed my attention and been wonderful for me to see even just photos of.
I hadn’t made plans this year on celebrating, due to being sick. But in the next week or so I will try to do something fun for the holiday and to post about it. I will have to buy some tangerines and have a little celebration of my own, as well as a nice meal. I’m looking forward to that.
Today again I am hardly myself.
It happens over and over.
It is heaven-sent.
It flows through me
like the blue wave.
Green leaves you may believe this or not
have once or twice
emerged from the tips of my fingers
deep in the woods,
in the reckless seizure of spring.
Though, of course, I also know that other song,
the sweet passion of one-ness.
Just yesterday I watched an ant crossing a path, through the
tumbled pine needles she toiled.
And I thought: she will never live another life but this one.
And I thought: if she lives her life with all her strength
is she not wonderful and wise?
And I continued this up the miraculous pyramid of everything
until I came to myself.
And still, even in these northern woods, on these hills of sand,
I have flown from the other window of myself
to become white heron, blue whale,
red fox, hedgehog.
Oh, sometimes already my body has felt like the body of a flower!
Sometimes already my heart is a red parrot, perched
among strange, dark trees, flapping and screaming.
~ Mary Oliver
From “Five Points”
Volume 6, No.3 2002
it comes with
snow filled days
dark rainy drops
down the back
of your neck
cold and dark
in a sunken mess
of grass and sog
how is this
in your mind
winter behind you
“And winter slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face
a dream of Spring.”
from the movie Groundhog’s Day