It is Spring, the time of year when life begins to renew, when the warmth of the sun begins to thaw the ground. It is a time of loving, a time of rejoicing. It is a time to revel in the beginnings of life and all the myriad joys it may contain.
It is the best of times. But as clichéd as it may be, it is the worst of times.
It is a time not only of renewal but of reevaluation. It is a time of taking stock in oneself and one’s surroundings. The time is at hand to lower the blinders from the eyes and see with a fresh perspective.
We cannot expect different results from utilizing the same methods. Generally speaking, if a + b = c, then a + b = c. We cannot expect that suddenly, a + b will result in a sum of d, merely because we wish it to be so.
All the wishing in the world will not result in a different meaning or dissimilar outcome. If we want change, we have to work for change. If we are unhappy, we have to work to be happy. If we are lost and sad and alone, we have to strive to find ourselves, to make ourselves happier, to reach out to others so we are no longer alone.
We should not expect to maintain the status quo, merely because it is simpler, easier, less work, and less time consuming, and then complain that things are not optimal. We should find out what we believe in and learn to fight for those beliefs. We should learn what we want and who we want to be and fight for those things with every breath in our bodies.
We should take the cue from the earth and begin to renew and refresh. The shutters can be opened so the sun can once again shine in and warm our hearths, homes, and souls. The dirt of the winter past can be eradicated, the cobwebs removed from the corners, the dust bunnies chased from under the beds.
We can rebuild and renew and refresh as readily as our Mother Earth but it is not free, or easy, or instantaneous.
The flowers are stretching towards the sky, looking for the rays of the sun, the drops of rain from the clouds, the pollination from the bees. The birds are beginning to nest and their mates are incessantly banging their heads against the basement window. They are fighting for life, for love, for the future.
They are fighting and so should we. We should not accept the fact that what is and what was should continue to be what should be. We should decide to live life not only for today, but for tomorrow as well. We should take our cues from the earth and being to renew and refresh ourselves as we revel in the beauty and newness of this Spring.
We should throw open the windows and invite the sunshine into our lives. And if, on a day like today, throwing open the sash brings not only sunshine but the bitter cold of the frigid north winds, we should rejoice that we can recognize the one while enduring the other. We shall renew and we shall persevere, but we shall not be redundantly hard-headed. Work to refresh, with eyes open to that new perspective needed in order to move forward and be more than we are now.
We should be more than what we are now. We should embrace our own personal Springs and strive for life and love and sunshine and fight for it all – with tooth and nail; mind, body and soul; and every fiber of our beings.
We shall begin again, with a new dawn, a new day, a new life.