It's hard to believe that another month has come and gone. I've noticed that the sun is up a bit earlier in the morning, and hanging out a bit later in the afternoon. In a weird way it feels like my own growth. Each day is just a little more full of clarity and light. Some of them are cloudier than others, some of them colder...but each a bit brighter.
I lived in Arizona for many years...the land of the single season. I missed the changing leaves, the first flakes of snow, the bite in the winter air, and the peeking of the first flowers. At the time, I didn't realize that this change of seasons is what we should also expect in our own lives. Although we all claim to want things to be easy all the time, the truth is that, without the cold and dark of the winter, you simply cannot appreciate the sunshine and warmth that the spring and summer months bring. Trite as it is...it's also true.
And, although I know we are still in the heart of winter, I also know that it is only a passing phase. Ultimately, it will be warm...there will be sun. And, when I'm feeling those cloudy days more in my heart and in my soul, I will try to remind myself that this is simply a part of what makes life interesting.
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