The Hope Of Spring

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The Hope Of Spring

In my view, it is hope that makes spring the most positive season of the year.
The world wakes up in springtime. Having been grey, cold and still through the winter months, suddenly there are sights, sounds, smells and flavors bursting from the natural world—and inviting action, inspiration and commitments to fresh starts in each of us. It’s so easy to connect the feeling of a spring day to the positive attribute of hope.

I know, you’re tired of COVID-19. I’m tired of it, too. For 2 years, we’ve all had to deal with the constant threat of illness, layoffs and deaths while being denied our typical coping methods (social gatherings, eating out, going to the movies or amusement parks). It’s led to a widespread emotional exhaustion that now has a name: “COVID fatigue” and it hurts more than our mental health. It puts our physical health at risk and causes us to get sloppy about the precautions we know we should take. Most stresses are not supposed to be long-term or permanent. But COVID-19 is not giving us that break. We’re just not prepared to handle a stress that goes on this long.

I am thankful we will soon leave the coldest months of the year and that we have the promise of sunny skies, warmer temps and new green foliage.

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Here are some of my favorite ways to embrace the positive, hopeful nature of spring:

  • Give your home a thorough spring cleaning. Get rid of things that no longer bring you joy—donating old clothes and kitchen items, or shredding unnecessary papers, will leave you feeling clear, clean and ready for whatever is next in your life.
  • Open the windows. Visualize the fresh air swirling through your home, through your lungs—imagine it swishing away the dusty stillness of the cozy winter season.
  • Get moving! Take a walk in the woods—or around the block. Breathe deeply and luxuriate in the invigorating feeling the spring air brings.
  • Go “searching for spring” by peeking in the yard or a local park to notice crocuses, tulips and daffodils emerging, or leaf buds plumping up on the trees above. Silently thank each for signaling the return of warmth—and of hope.

With each passing day, each nourishing rain shower, each awakening sparkle of green, each ripening spring fruit and vegetable, let us allow spring’s positivity to wash over us, elevating our outlook, mood and activity level. Because as the poet Alexander Pope famously said, “Hope springs eternal.”

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