“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day He created Spring,” said the British moral philosopher Sir Bernard Williams.
In my view, it is this 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. Each seed we tuck into the dirt gets a whispered hopeful wish that it germinates, roots and grows. Each bulb we planted last fall gets sought out and celebrated when it pokes through the thawing dirt. And each time we step outside to the songs of chirping birds, we hear the hope they have brought back from their winter sojourn and into the warm months ahead.
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.”