Like wildflowers in the wood
This spring is a fresh start. Right now the woods are full of warblers, sparrows, and thrushes singing songs and raising young families. Tiny fawns are just appearing, hidden deep in wooded coves with their mothers. The rivers are running high and full of fish spawning, and the marshes now come alive at sundown with legions of spring peepers.
We have finally entered into the growing season. The sun rises early and sets late. The cold chill in the air has finally been replaced by a humid warmth. The smell of wet grass and pollen is pervasive, and the forest floor is dotted with white wildflowers.
Frost warnings have subsided, bizarre blizzards from nowhere have stopped popping up, and the world has exploded into green glory. We made it through the winter, and now we're surrounded again by hundreds of species that make their home in our neck of the woods.
Here in the Northwoods, we appreciate spring better than many other places. We recognize this as a new opportunity for growth after a long winter that ate up our stores. Now we are replenished by long daylight hours, warm weather, and an abundance of new life.
As the woods and waters are renewing themselves in this part of their natural cycle, so too, should we consider how we're renewed. How far have you come from last year? Are you in a better place now than you were last spring? Are you happier, more content, at peace, more alive than you were last May? If you are, then congratulations. What changed to make you this way; how have you grown since then?
If not, then why not?
Is there a specific circumstance that has kept you from growing into your best self? Perhaps, most importantly you need to ask yourself, "Can I continue to grow and learn in my life in a way that will bring me closer to the person I want to be, closer to my goals, my vision, or does something need to change?"
Right now is a good time to consider these questions, because spring is a season of change. Spring is full of new life, new growth, and new energy. I really do believe that as the seasons are cyclical, so too are our lives. In the summer we grow fast, and big, and strong, in the fall we harvest, in the winter we decay and rest, and in the spring we are born again.
This spring is as good a time as any to sow new seeds. You already know what you need to do to become a fuller person, so just start doing that. If people stand in your way, ask them to move, and if they will not, grow around them - grow past them. If you keep reaching, keep striving and fighting for what you really, truly want, you will get there. This spring, put your mind to growth.
“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death."
- Leonardo da Vinci
See you out there,
A woodsman in training.