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Thursday, March 10, 2005...And Then Spring Just Jumps Out At Ya!
So its that time of year again, Spring is finally here. After months of mildly chilly weather and lots of rain, the earth is finally reaping the harvest of winter.
It always seems to catch me by surprise. Its been so crappy these last few months it took me a good four days to realize what all that bright light and refreshing breezes actually were. Then I looked at one of my bonsai on the front porch that everyone insisted was dead, and I claimed was only "wintering", and lo and behold, its sprouting new buds. All the fruit trees in the backyard are in full bloom, and the garden has been cleared of weeds and last years dead plants to make way for our new harvest of vegetables that will end up rotting in the crisper. Soon we'll have a trees laden with figs that no one will eat (let me know if you want some figs by the way) and some fruit that looks like a yellow cherry but tastes like a plum (that the dogs love, but don't digest).
The weather has been positively incredible, begging for golf to be played, dogs to taken to dog parks, and sun to be basked in.
I would have to say that Spring is by far my favorite time of year. All the old from the previous year has gone and is slowly rotting to provide energy for new growth. Everything is fresh and new. I'm a big believer in an extreme outward change to bring about internal growth (like rearranging your room in an effort to "rearrange" your life) Spring is a great time for change and growth, as the world is literally in a period of the same.
I can now see why religions of the past so focused on the seasons. There is something spiritual about the way all life waxes and wanes with the changing year. Plants, animals, all life has adopted a cycle the flows with that of our planet's celestial path across the universe. Its very intriguing the way in which all life flows so effortlessly though its cycle. Maybe that's why most people have problems with their own mortality, they selfishly look at their own existence as the be all, end all, and don't realize their role in the machine that is our planet. Animals, on the other hand, don't think too much about the self, they are much too busy with the finding food and avoiding predators, they, eat, they sleep, they mate, they die. They have accepted that, that is how it is... or have no capacity for acceptance. I think if we look at the life of the entire population of organisms on the planet as a single entity, and that we all have a place and a role in it... mainly, to eat, to sleep, to mate and to die... then everything else just seems much more simple....
...Ok, I'd better stop before I start a cult...
...just got a little caught up in the moment...
Bottom line, go out and enjoy your spring day, those of you lucky enough to live in warm climes, for those on the east coast... well... enjoy your snow!
"For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape, give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away." -Song of Solomon (ch. II, v. 11-12)
"Daughter of heaven and earth, coy Spring,
With sudden passion languishing,
Teaching barren moors to smile,
Painting pictures mile on mile,
Holds a cup of cowslip wreaths
Whence a smokeless incense breathes."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, May Day