It’s spring! How can I NOT be happy? Seriously. There are green buds on the trees and tulips and blossoms on the fruit trees. My grass is looking alive again after having the tromped on, beat-up look of winter. I’m working on revisions and edits for another story that keeps me smiling because there are all new characters and plot twists from what I’ve worked with on the Bending Willow Trilogy for the last five years. Life is good.
My cute daughter who’s in South Korea wrote me yesterday and made me smile even more. It helped that she sent pictures of pretty flowers in Korea so I didn’t feel bad that she would miss my iris party here in a few weeks when my yard becomes magnificent! She talked about how we can view rain as either a blight or a blessing. I guess it rained pretty hard on her the other day (okay, a torrent). When we view rain through the smeary lens of misery, then it is a miserable thing. It ruins activities we had planned; it soaks us and makes us look like drowned kittens; it blots out the sun.
But if we clean off our glasses and see rain through a brighter focus, it transforms into a blessing. We cheer because it is nourishing the earth and filling up lakes and reservoirs; we smile because we see new colors only the moisture can bring out in objects. Rain can be fun as we get soaked and feel alive like little children as we run and step in puddles. It cleanses not only the earth, but our hearts as well…if we stop wearing the dirty lenses that blur everything into a burden.
So here’s to spring rains. May we have lots of showers. I know those of you back east are getting our share of them right now, and I’d just ask that you share a little with us here in the west. And whether we get a lot or a little, let us be grateful for each drop of rain in our lives and see it as a blessing, not a burden (literally and figuratively).
Have a super week!