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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

First Day of Spring: What Spring Can Teach Us

Spring is all about new growth.  It's like mother nature gets to start all over each March and grow into a newly flourishing lush carpet of green.  If you can look past the sniffling noses and puffy eyes caused by what I fondly refer to as "the yellow fog" of pollen that seems to take every surface for a good month each Spring then you can appreciate the beauty of this season.

I can always tell when Spring is coming
because the buds on my bushes start to bloom.

It's not my favorite season (I'm partial to Autumn because of the crisp cool nights spent in front of a fire pit roasting s'mores, the cool taste of those uniquely Harvest beers that come out every year, and the roar of a College Football stadium as my favorite team takes the field), but it's definitely the season that brings me a renewed since of optimism after the cold harshness of winter.  Of course, I live at the beach, so winter isn't as harsh as it used to be when I lived further North, but none-the-less Spring brings a since of "new beginnings" that only the first few warm days of the year, the beginning pink buds on trees, and the overnight emergence of cherry blossoms and daffodils can bring.

I see this season as the BEST opportunity to teach my children about the planet.  Sure, we get to spend a great deal of time outside in the Summer, and often we have wonderful weather well into November and early December this far South, but Spring is the perfect time to show a child the process of growth that nature goes through.

My favorite thing to do in the Spring is start our seeds.  We spend days picking out a variety of seeds for vegetables, fruits, flowers, and other plants that we want to grow ourselves.  Then we start each seed in a little pot and watch as the "magic" of new life begins in each little starter pot.  Children think it's a truly wonderful process.  They carefully prep the soil, gently place the seed inside, diligently water the seed, and very patiently wait for their "baby" to arrive.

My two youngest planting Green Beans, Peas, and Yellow Wax Beans in our raised planter beds last Spring.

I wish that we could translate this process on the rest of our lives.  Particularly our Political lives.  Wouldn't it be interesting if we could all rest for 3 months; no decisions being made, no legislation to support or fight, no drama from the latest scandal, no having to march or call or write your representative a million times... What if we could all just STOP for a few months and catch our bearings?  Then we could come back every Spring, starting new with a renewed enthusiasm and vigor.  Starting all over with an invigorated interest.  WE could be like those flowers emerging from the ground, ready to face the world again.  Would be all be more objective after resting for a while?  Would we all be able to see the problems of our world through new eyes if we could just take a break and start over?
This year's starter pots with all of our plants beginning to grow
(2 types of tomtoes, variety of peppers, green beans, peans, wax beans, basil).
We put them all in a kiddy swimming pool so that we could bring them back inside
 if the weather turned cold again (which is did!)

This is what I am going to do this Spring:  I am going to take a step back from all of the political drama.  I am going to step back, re-evaluate what each issue means to me, and then step back forward with a renewed since of purpose.  A renewed since of value to the system and a reinvigorated passion for working towards our future, not only as Americans, but our future as part of the world.

 What do you think about taking a little break?  I'm not talking about weeks, months, or even a full season.  I'm talking about a day or two.  Just to rethink what political issues are the most important.  Just to rethink how we can integrate our political lives with our parenting lives.  Just to give us a few days to reassess our role as parents and political activist.  To reevaluate how to tackle these issues the best we can. What do you say?  Let's start new in a few days.  Let's let Spring invigorate us.



Here are 3 ways that you can take a step back:
1. Stay off of Social Media.  Yeah, this is a hard one.  But seriously, take a few days and just enjoy life without the constant reminder about what's going on in the world outside your little life.
2. Smell the roses.  Cliche? Yes, but really, do it.  Take a few minutes each day to breathe in the smell.  Listen to the silence (or in my case the screaming of two brothers playing Avengers).  Really pay attention.
3. Drink some Coffee.  No, No, don't down your coffee as fast as you can in an effort to get as much caffeine as possible in as little time as possible.  Sit down and really enjoy the coffee.

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16 comments:

  1. You have such great ideas in this post! Will have to try these out soon!

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  2. It really would be amazing to have a 3 month break and come back when its spring haha. I will be following your three steps this Spring! I think we all need that break from social media and just enjoy the beautiful weather. :)

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    1. Let us know how your break from social media went!

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  3. Your right, I need to start taking the time to just slow down and enjoy the day that is around me.

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    1. It's something we all need to do. To gain a real appreciation for what we have and what is around us

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  4. Cute kiddos! Love the idea of this

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  5. This was awesome!! It's hard in todays world to just relax and enjoy the little things, but we all need to learn how to! I took the weekend and went to the lake... no cell service so I was forced to live life without distractions and it was amazing, felt so renewed!! Thanks for this wonderful post!

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    1. Isn't is sooooo rejuvenating?! We all need it once and a while :)

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  6. Love this post and the message you're spreading. Social media is definitely a huge time sucker for me. Thanks for the reminder to step back and enjoy the beauty in the world around us. <3

    Jenn
    www.honeydewblog.com

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    1. It sucks time from my life too. Let us know how your step back went!

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  7. I love spring! My absolutely favorite season. I am so ready for some warm weather. I don't drink coffee, but I completely agree with you about slowing down and enjoying something. That is what I love the most about this weather. Grilling on the deck, enjoying drinks with friends and family, and simply enjoying life. Thanks for the ideas as well.

    Thrifting Diva

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    1. grilling on the deck and drinks on the back patio with friends and family are certainly the BEST parts of the season!

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  8. "Let's let Spring invigorate us." - what a great quote!
    I like your recommended 3 ways... It's essentially being in the present, and appreciating what you have. Taking things slow, increasing one's awareness of their environment, themselves and Life in the here & now :)

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    1. thanks! yes, those things are EXACTLY what we need to do. Except really it would be better to do it year round and not just once every Spring ;)

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