Spring has arrived and with it the dawning of new beginnings. It’s that time of year when we throw off the morose chains of winter and exchange them for the budding wings of renewal. Its nature’s way of letting us know that no matter our station in life, there’s always the opportunity for a fresh start. The season of rebirth is here, but it’s incumbent upon us to make the most of it.
In a society where day in, day out the government bombards us with what they can do for us, it’s time to take a step back and think about what we can do for ourselves. It’s in that spirit that spring reignites the true essence of what it means to be alive. Each seed and each blossoming is the product of an act, and that act comes to fruition as a result of the powerful force that nature is.
American author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) wrote that “Though I do not believe a plant will spring up where no seed has been…Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” And it’s that latent seed that we must unearth and foster if we are to expect wonders within our lives.
When we brave the journey to within, it’s there that we’ll discover the creative force that lies beneath. It’s there that nature will unleash itself upon the world at our desire. On its own, without our help, it sits dormant awaiting the arrival of its master. Do we plant and nourish the seed or do we sit back and let the world act upon us? Spring is there, but only if we take it and run with it.
We must recognize that time is finite and that with every spring another year passes (see Time: The Ultimate Currency…). We are bound by its constraints, but not by its presence. Death is the ultimate constraint and spring the ultimate presence. To be in spring is to be alive and awake to the world without and the world within. It’s to value life and honor it, and pay homage to its sanctity and its preciousness. It’s to bring out the best that we have to offer.
Our lives weren’t meant only to survive in the cold of winters, but to thrive in the heat of summers. And spring is the linchpin to plucking that ripe fruit of our efforts that summer brings. It’s that time in which we discover the seed, from which as Thoreau says, we can expect wonders. For without it, there can be no fruit and there can be no miracles.
Yes, spring has finally arrived and we must make the most of it…
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