When we think of the month of March some of the things that may come to mind, is the saying, “March Madness” which most often is referring to athletic teams such as basketball. However, we could also bring up thoughts stormy weather with black clouds and rain, tornadoes and strong winds. These are troubling thoughts that could bring on despair and worry.
We can turn those frowns into smiles by quickly shifting our thoughts to memories that those storms blow away unwanted debris, clear our way, and give us much needed rain to bring on the growth of whatever we or nature has sown. It is a long-held belief that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. While nobody could possibly tell you with accuracy exactly how many muscles you use when you smile (43? 17? 26?), it’s possible to tell you the minimum number of muscles that are used in the most insincere, subtle, restrained, mouth-only smile or frown. Does it really matter? What we do know is that the worry the frown causes long outlasts a smile, which proves that the storms of life may be necessary to endure to get us to the gladness that nature brings with its spring showers.
April, with its spring showers, brings on the freshness of all of nature and its glory. I live across the street from a park and one of my favorite things to do is to take a walk around the walking trail. It is exciting to me to watch the trees bloom and then turn into leaves, and to marvel at the synchronicity of natures timing. This glorious show is going on now, and everyday there is a new discovery. How often do we take the miracle of nature for granted? I would suggest the next time you are outside (not in your car) to stop and really savor the beauty.
With the storms of March comes the birth of the unfolding of a world of nature’s canvas with the paintings of bursts of colors for us to behold. With all of the newness of the season of Spring comes the thought of Spring Forward, Bouncing, Bursting and New Life. We can relate these thoughts to our own life with this surging of “New Energy.” For me, since I am a Gardener, it means another chance to create beauty in my garden. I have an ongoing joke with myself.
Each year I say, “Since I am approaching (whatever year of my birth it is that year, this year it is 85,) I am going to do less planting. Somehow each year I seem to do more. Which simply proves that most often unless you have a serious physical or mental problem (some might question the mental with me!) if you really want something strongly enough you will push through until it is done. If you don’t believe it, just ask Mother Nature. When we pause long enough to observe how Nature blesses us, we will be reminded that the storms of Nature as well as the ones in our life are washing away the debris to clean off the canvas to spring into action and bring the glory of beauty to life, in our life and the world around us.
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