Hi, this is Dorothy. Welcome to April and Springtime! What ideas come to your mind at this time of year? Is it Spring cleaning, garden planting? For many reasons, it is my favourite time of year: Our clocks change, so we have more daylight evenings. It is a time of renewal, which Nature does so well, evidenced by new growth and colourful blossoms. I have been simplifying my life by shredding paperwork, and ruthlessly donating excess. During this endeavour, an article came to light that was written during a retreat with a group of people in the mountains some years ago. Our assignment was to connect with something in Nature that 'spoke' to us, and then share it with the group.
Some red shoots at the base of a tall cedar tree, inspired me as follows:
"I had my beginning when a flock of geese flew overhead and dropped my seeds close to a tall cedar tree. I squirreled into the ground and lay quietly until spring. It was a bitter cold snowy winter, but the spring came early, and with the sun I rose above the ground.
"In my first year I knew I was different from my tall cedar. My leaves were a different shape, turning red in the fall, and dropping to the ground with the wind. I wondered what my purpose was.
"Each year I mature and grow stronger, giving shade in the summer, and when with the fall my vibrant red leaves drop again to the ground, they DO have a purpose - to nurture not only my roots but those of my cedar for the following spring."
Pondering what insight there could be for me today in those words, written so many years ago, I thought of the Seasons of my life. The 'Spring', a time of dreaming, of learning and creating foundations; the 'Summer', a pendulum of peaks and valleys; and now, in what I consider the 'Autumn' of my life, a colourful time, with vast experiences of 'Spring' and 'Summer' to draw upon, creating the foundation for my 'Winter'.
Please enjoy whatever Season you are in. See the blessings in each day, appreciate the Beauty of Nature, and remember that YOU are very special. In the words of the late Irish poet and philosopher, John O'Donohue, "To be born is to be chosen". You have been chosen, and who you are makes a difference in the world, for you have a very special purpose. I wish you a beautiful Easter, and close with words that are in a prominent place in my home as my reminder. They were written to help people of Africa by a young boy, Nkosi, who died of Aids at age 12:
"Do all you can, with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are."
Thank you for our time together.
Until next time... This is Dorothy... Namasté.
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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