At the beginning of January I was busy telling people to lay off the new year resolutions and not to put their bodies through any more additional stress after the festive eating and months of darkness.
On my way to taking the children to school today I noticed the first daffodil was in flower and there were buds starting to grow on some of the fruit bushes. Although I noticed the Black Mountains behind our house have a slight covering of snow today, I can feel the change coming.
As the seasons start to shift now is the time to look towards the new year. It's a time to consider what we want to leave behind from the year gone and what we want to bring into our lives.
There's no rush to do this, we still have lots of time until the laziness of the summer but start to think...
What do I want to leave behind.
What can I bring in to refresh me.
We say that flowers return every spring, but that is a lie. It is true that the world is renewed. It is also true that that renewal comes at a price, for even if the flower grows from an ancient vine, the flowers of spring are themselves new to the world, untried and untested.
The flower that wilted last year is gone. Petals once fallen are fallen forever. Flowers do not return in the spring, rather they are replaced. It is in this difference between returned and replaced that the price of renewal is paid.
Daniel Abraham, The Price of Spring
Wishing you brighter and warmer days to come,