Friday, February 25, 2011

Deep Breath (Hedgewyck)

We had some lovely days last week  The sunny warmth woke in me a longing from Spring, made all the more fierce by this week of grey rain.  The trees look even more dull and lifeless in the gloom, though I know they are soon to burst into lacy leaves and frothy blossoms.  Only the moss appears in riotous green, at odds with everthing around it.  It is as if Nature is taking a last, deep breath before plunging into the frenzied activity of Spring.  The stillnes and gloom hide what is really happining under the surface.  Sap begins to pulse through naked tree branches, seeking roots push further into the dark earth, and seeds swell and burst beneath the brown carpet of leaves.

Our lives are much like this as well.  Often when it seems as if nothing at all is happening on the outside, great activity is taking place within.  I have trouble with the stillness, wanting to urge events forward, quicken the pace.  We have been taught so well that faster is better.  We have learned to multi-task, doing many things but focusing our full attention on none.  It is a shallow way to live.  Many things are done, but nothing is really done well.  I need to learn to accept, perhaps even enjoy, the stillness that comes during the still seasons of my life and let the growth that they nurture unfold in its own time.

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