After the last few months of rain, rain, and more rain I’m sure like me you are appreciating the sun.
Spring is here
The signs of spring are all around us. The trees are blossoming and starting to green up, the daffodils and primroses are in flower and lambs are staring to be born and are appearing in fields.
It seems like an age ago we were in the woods huddling for the slightest bit of shelter from the elements. The sun and fine weather seemed like it would never come.
Spring for me is a sign of hope and things to come. After what seems like a long, dark and never ending winter, new life is springing up everywhere. Giving us promise of longer sunny summer days and time to appreciate the natural world in all its glory.
Most religions and cultures have a festival this time of year based around rebirth. Easter tells us how Jesus rose from the dead and we have symbols such as eggs, chick and lambs to symbolise rebirth.
In Japan at this time of year they celebrate a festival called Hanami. This festival celebrates the cherry blossom appearing on the trees. In the Hindu faith they celebrate Holi. This festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil which represents the spring arriving and leaving the winter behind.
This is a colourful calibration where people cover themselves in brightly coloured paint. Wherever you look in the world we get excited about and see the significance in the arrival of spring.
With the COVID 19 pandemic it’s easy to get bogged down in all the negativity and like those dark, rainy winter days feels like it’s never going to end. I view this pandemic as a winter. It’s hard, it’s cruel and it’s something we have to endure together. Rather than get bogged down in what isolating has taken from you think about all the things you can do to within the government sanctions. Try a new hobby, read that book that has been sat on your shelf for two years, camp out in your garden.
This winter will end! In the mean time we just need to follow guidelines, look after one another, and most importantly be kind. Provided we all do what we have been advised this virus will pass as winter does and we can all look forward to happier times on the horizon.