Springtime & Hope
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Springtime is my favorite time of year. I was born in the spring and every year I happily receive and enjoy the most beautiful birthday gifts from nature with all the spring daffodils and tulips, flowering trees, flowering shrubs displaying their beauty for all. Grass has left the drabness of winter behind and has come alive with the lush green of new life. Birds are chirping and singing as they prepare their nests to lay their eggs. They flutter about the garden with urgency in all their activity. It’s so lovely and peaceful when I see and hear them perched high in the tree branches singing their special songs. As I partake all of this, hope is renewed, again.
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -
By Emily Dickinson
As we all live our daily lives with all the changes that have suddenly been thrust upon us, let’s stay positive in our outlook.
One of my mottoes in life has always been “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst”. Hope is a big part of my motivation and the way I look at life.
“Hope has been likened to a bridge that can actively transport the individual from darkness to light, from entrapment to liberation, from evil to salvation. Aristotle likened hope to "a waking dream". Samuel Johnson observed that "the natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope". The French writer, François de La Rochefoucauld added that hope can "lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route".”
I’m getting ready to plant some “hope” soon and feel happy as I think about and anticipate what will soon happen as these seeds go through their transformation to become summer flowers.
Hoping everybody is staying safe and staying well. We can all get through these difficult times. “Even this, too, shall pass.”