Enjoying the Slow Unveiling of Spring


May came in feeling like March here in New England. May 1st found cold rain falling on the daffodils, hyacinths, magnolias and forsythia outside and a fire in the wood stove inside. I looked at an old newsletter I wrote a few years ago and this day in 2009 the daffodils, lilacs and tulips had already finished!

It’s fine with me. We all know that spring is coming and summer is next, so this slow unveiling of spring is something we can handle. And more than that, it gives us a chance to take in spring more fully as it moves north, to savor each passage of flowers, plants and birds.

I’ve been noticing how animals and nature take the long time needed to get things done without stressing, worrying about lack of progress, fits and starts, progression and regression. Persistence is not a straight line, it has more breath to it than that. We breathe in, we breathe out. Waves land, waves return. Spring comes, winter returns for a time, spring returns again, only to leave and arrive next year once again.

May you and I both relax a bit more this month into a sense of a larger rhythm to what we passionately persist at and savor our own internal spring that comes in moments of warm sunlight and quiet rainy days.

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  1. Laura
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Really great post, Rob! I’ve just been thinking about how glad I am to have some cooler weather to really savor the coming of spring. And it is reassuring to know that nature always takes its course!

  2. Posted May 2, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Laura! Nature takes its own course and so do we (when we get out of our own way)!