This winter seems to have been very long. Even now, the weather seems chilly and the north wind has been constant of late. However, the signs are now good – there has been sunshine here in Dove Lane today, and the birds are sounding glorious. With the first sighting of the delicate wild violets in the woods and the soft fragrance from the primroses that are lighting up like stars on the grassy banks, we are reminded that after every winter, spring does come eventually!
Life can be far from perfect, but a walk outside on a beautiful spring day can lift the heart and fill us with hope. We can engage with all the simple but important things in life. We can look to nature and realise that there is a force around us that carries on no matter what. We take it for granted that spring will appear and carry new life with it, but what a miracle it is.
With the sunshine on our shoulders we can view the world with an optimistic air. We can dream!
My dream might go something like this:
I am sitting in the sun alone, writing a poem that sums up everything I want to say,
I am in a beautiful cottage, full of books, with a view of the river. Here my husband has been fishing nearby and has just landed an enormous fish which he admires greatly then puts back into the water so it can swim off and be free…..
There are friends to laugh with just around the corner.
Family members have called to tell of happy days.
I have meditated without veering off track.
I am eating good chocolate.
I’m going off to watch a good play later
I’m wearing simple but stylish clothes and big jewellery.
The world around me feels safe.
There is no need for a food bank because there is enough money for everyone to buy what they need. (The government has stepped up.)
I can carry my dream with me and know that even in the hardest winter, underground the most beautiful flowers are only sleeping….
Enjoy the spring days and walk with peace in your heart.