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The energy of spring

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day He created spring,” said the British moral philosopher Sir Bernard Williams.

We couldn’t agree more. 

The world wakes up in springtime. This Saturday, March 20th, will mark the official beginning of spring. To say that the past year has been long and gray - words usually set aside for the winter but in this case can apply to the entire last year - would be appropriate. Winter, and hopefully the COVID pandemic, is coming to a close. Cherry trees and jonquils are blooming and thoughts turn to clearing out the gutters, starting a garden and perhaps even weeding our closets.

Spring and hope are intertwined in our minds. 

Spring ushers in a season of temperate weather, extra hours of daylight and flowers in bloom. Sunlight streaming in through the windows will surely brighten our moods, and we can enjoy some fresh air by opening up our windows (considerate of the pollen, of course). 

Spring cleaning, a rite of passage this time of year, can absolutely transform our living spaces. We don’t all have to be decluttering guru Marie Kondo to know that a little spring time decluttering can give us a fresh start.

Spring may officially hit this Saturday but with a few days already in the 70s many of us already have spring fever. It’s the time of year when everything in nature is changing and promising new life and new hope. And man do we need it this year after sheltering away for a year amid the pandemic.

People seemed unusually happy at the Shamrock Stroll last Saturday. Back out among fellow community members does a body good.

So this year - perhaps more than others - take advantage of the outdoors. Get outside and do something. Anything. 

After the long, dark, winter months, spring is literally a breath of fresh air. The days are getting longer, the nights shorter, it’s feeling warmer and nature responds to these changes in a big way. So get outside and get rewarded with displays of jonquils, lenten roses, and cherry trees that are blooming and birds that are singing. Carolina chickadees, robins, cardinals, Carolina wren, white-breasted nuthatches are all out in force right now in our north Georgia home, staking out their territories. If we step outside we can hear them singing and see them soaring around. Another beautiful part of nature that is sure to brighten our spirits.  

As warmer temperatures start to take hold, get outside and you’re likely to see some hibernating animals coming out of their winter sleep. The first bumblebees and butterflies are also buzzing and flying around. Seeing these guys searching for flowering plants is one of the feel-good sights that give us a little taste of the summer to come. Warm days entice queen bumblebees from their underground hibernation to search for flowers to get energy and find suitable places to nest. 

And with Easter upon us on April 4th, it’s a festive time of year.

So right now we would like to encourage everyone to get up and get outside. Just get moving. Take a walk in the woods or around the block. Go searching for spring in your own backyards or at a local park and be thankful we live in such a wonderful place. With each passing day, each nourishing rain shower that this time of year brings, each ripening spring fruit or vegetable or blooming flower, allow the positivity of spring to wash over us, elevating our outlook, our moods and our activity level.

As Robin Williams once said: “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’”