Can you feel it? The warmer air mixed with cool rain, and day time past 4:00pm. Yep, it’s comin! Spring is on it’s way.
It’s a such a refreshing feeling, a feeling unlike any other season. I can feel it deep inside my being as if my life force energy is being recharged. Awaken oh sleepy one! I anticipate the blooms and budding of new life. Already the song birds are hitting the feeders in large groups and various feathers. My partner saw a Robin just a few weeks ago! Sure sign right there. Good thing because our wood pile is indeed getting much…much smaller.
Winter has had its ups and downs as all winters do. The snow falls and enriches the soil with moisture for the coming seasons, the joy and nostalgia it brings warms the heart. Sleds are brought out(who says you can’t go sled riding in your late twenties) and snow patties…yes, patties…are thrown.
Our dogs have loved this winter together, this is the first winter that Coda has had a playmate for romping in the snow! The snow makes great padding as she gets trampled by an overly excited puppy!
The quiet that has brought serenity, and at times sorrow, will soon be gone and we will begin to recap all those winter joys along with learning from the winter blues..looking at them with a new light. It can be hard to embrace the winter some days, it’s cold, you’re alone in the woods, and your normal routine is all shookin up with new challenges.
I’ve decided that it is wisdom that makes each winter more enjoyable. To see it through the eyes of source, to know it as a friend that you have not seen for many moons. To look at the snow and just see it, to just be.
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”- Henry David Thoreau
It has rained all night and into this morning. The sound on the tin roof soothed me all night and made my early morning coffee delightful. The wood stove crackles gently and I await the turkey arrival that is sure to bless me with their presence any time now. Jake the Dog sits by my side and Coda the Bear Cub guards the front door. Daylight has fully come and I am excited for another day.
Our house sitting gig is coming to an end and soon we will embrace a new chapter of our lives just as we will embrace a new season. The memories of both winter and our experiences here are being reviewed and filed for later delight. That time space where things are ending and new things are beginning has no name. It is hard to give words to it, but it is something unlike all other things. It’s the wisdom to have patience, the courage to embrace the new, and the love in your heart to know the tranquility of what once was and the happiness that will be. The peace comes from within.
“We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.” -Gary Zukav