As I was walking our dog Elvis this week through the neighborhood Icannot begin to put into words the profound appreciation I felt looking at the grass, the trees, the bushes, the blooming flowers. After the cold, icy winter and the cold, wet spring we experienced, summer is really here. It took a loooooooooong time for the sun and warmth to arrive.
Going through that six month period was hard. Settling into and accepting things when they are hard just kinda plain outright sucks. Sometimes you just have to get through it, complaining a little (or maybe a lot). But it’s part of the deal.
Now, because this winter and spring were so full of precipitation, our trees and flowers are bigger, bolder, and brighter. I swear I’ve not seen such an outpouring of color and happiness. Mother Nature doesn’t take sides. Yes, she gave us such a hard time earlier, and then she rewarded us with a beautiful time now.
Even Yosemite National Park is having the most abundant number of overflowing waterfalls than they’ve had in more than two decades.
Hard times don’t stay forever. We are always shifting, growing, evolving, and changing as people, individuals, communities. Whether we’re going through something hard that seems to come from external circumstances like the weather, or struggling internally, we are wired for change.
Which is why it’s so important to slow down and just be with, and in your life some moments. You need darkness to appreciate the light. You need ick to appreciate the good. There has to be contrast for you to notice when something shifts.
Right now, I’m basking in appreciation. I don’t know how long it will last, and it doesn’t matter. I’m feeling it in this moment, and that is enough.
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