May 17, 2017 9:26 am

Louellen Coker
Spring is Nature's way of saying let's party. Photo of spring daisies taken by Louellen S. Coker.

Spring wildflowers on Sandia Peak in Albuquerque, NM. Photo by Louellen S. Coker

Spring, ah, Spring! Quite possibly my favorite season of the year. I have to agree with Robin Williams: “Spring is nature’s way of saying, Let’s Party!

Days start to get longer, brighter, warmer. And if you sit with what nature is doing, stop a moment and look around, you’ll see that you’re standing in the doorway of the biggest and busiest party ever!

It’s a time of hope, a time of planning, and a time of fruition. And a time of things coming together and being beautiful. Spring is when things really start to happen.

The Nature of Spring

Pretty blue flowers with Oprah Winfrey quote: the more you celebrate life, the more there is in life to celebrate. Photo by Louellen S. Coker

Celebration begets celebration. Spring flowers that just popped up in our flowerbeds one year. Photo by Louellen S. Coker

The world begins to smile in spring. Animals start being active, babies start appearing in the wild, flowers start to bloom. It’s as if you’re walking into a shindig. You can’t help but be overwhelmed by what is going on in every corner of the room. I think that is what people like most about parties. Getting to see and revisit friends, catching up, dreaming about the future.

Just like a party, it’s the same, but very different every time. You pretty much know what you’re going to get, but have no idea how you will get it. I find the more I slow down and look at the world around me, the more I see to celebrate. I see little bits and pieces coming together. Some aspects needing more nurturing and pruning, but coming together to create something glorious.

Spring is a time of celebration. Oprah Winfrey summed up the nature of spring best when she said, The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

The Promise of Spring

Nature does not hurry. Photo of Texas Bluebonnets by Louellen S. Coker.

Texas Bluebonnets. These beauties can take a while to become established, but once they do, they’re stunning. Photo by Louellen S. Coker.

Sure, sometimes things happen and spring is quite messy. Spring can be overwhelming with too much activity that needs our attention. But despite the hustle, bustle, and hurry up and get things done, there is a kind of peace. Circumstances, somewhat like spring storms, often force us to stop in our tracks to take a deep breath and evaluate. And with that deep breath often comes the sweet perfume of blooming flowers, the cleanness of the earth after the rain. You begin to hear the birds singing. And in that moment, you begin to see the big picture and see how things maybe, just maybe will begin to come together. And suddenly the tethers of frantically ticking things off your list relaxes just a bit and you realize you can lift your head and enjoy the process of working toward whatever it is you’re working toward. You know that you’ll get there one day.

The Gratitude of Spring

Lovely field of "Buttercups" at Johnson Branch State Park. Photo by Louellen S. Coker.

Lovely field of “Buttercups” at Johnson Branch State Park. Photo by Louellen S. Coker.

The spring months often find me with a heightened sense of gratitude. During the winter months, I often find myself in the topsy-turvey throes of construction, making plans, dealing with a health issue, making some sort of ridiculous and seeming insurmountable New Year resolution. But as spring begins to warm the air, my heart begins to dance. I begin to see that it’s time to get the party started again. And while situations are rarely perfect and most definitely not easy, progress is being made. And with that progress comes gratitude. And even if that gratitude is for something small. Like the root of the wildflower, you grab hold and celebrate it for all its worth.

So, my friends, it’s spring. It’s time to heed nature’s call and get this party started!

This blog post is part of my 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge. What are you most grateful for in Spring? Let us know in the comments.



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