originally published on Cracked Nirvana, March 25, 2018.

 

 

 

“You are the sky.
Everything else –
it’s just the weather.”
Pema Chödrön

I love living in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. I live in a rain forest beside a river in the Cascade foothills. My life is filled with lush greens and rich browns every day of the year. The only downside to where I live is that from November through March the weather is cloudy, rainy, snowy and dreary. I know this is necessary to create the beauty around me but about this time every year, I’ve had enough.

 

“Trees are poems
that the earth writes upon the sky.”
Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam

Oh, yes they are Mr. Gibran! I know that. But must they require such an abundance of water? It seems so and mostly I do not mind but today the sun is shining through my window and there are broad swaths of blue sky with puffy white clouds. I feel rescued and blessed.

 

“Some people are
so much sunshine
to the square inch.”
Walt Whitman

Yes, Walt, they are! I love being around sunny people and love the sunshine breaking through after dreary weather. It brings with it a feeling of hope and new beginnings which of course is what spring does every year. After the long dreary winter, I feel compelled to clean and clear out my house and make way for the brightness of the sun shining through my window. However, not so compelled that I actually do it.

 

“The deep roots
never doubt spring will come.”
Marty Rubin

I am amazed by the stalwart hanging on to life that the trees and plants around me exhibit. Here the grass is green all winter and many of the trees and shrubs too keep their green. The flowers fade away and appear to die only to push their green stems and leaves through the cold ground and burst through with vibrant color. A few days ago I looked with delight on the brilliant yellow daffodils only to see them covered with snow the next day. It made me so sad that such beauty had been covered over and pushed aside. Today they have raised their beautiful heads and brighten my world again in the sunshine.

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