Even though we were anticipating some heavy “El Nino” storms, we ended up not having much of a winter here in SoCal. Suddenly, it’s April, a quarter of the year has gone by, with Spring officially arriving on the scene.
Although I like hunkering down in the winter, I must admit that Spring is my favorite season. I love visiting The Arboretum in Arcadia (www.arboretum.org), inhaling the scents and colors as I stroll the grounds. Many flowers are already in full bloom with just as many buds alongside, swelling with anticipation at their own appearance. The vibrant hues of the incredible rose garden press against the warm blue sky, filled with hybrids of every imaginable color combination.
Like the non-verbal communication that color emits, the transition of seasons states so many things to us on a primal, symbolic level.
Spring is the cycle of renewal and rebirth, hope, youth and growth. Mother Earth reawakens from her winter slumber and explodes from brown to green. Nature recycles last year’s debris into rich compost, springing with fresh life. Birds weave intricate nests, anticipating the arrival of hatchlings; human passion is reignited with the desire for new life. Religions celebrate the season with Easter and Passover, embodying Pagan roots that touted fertility, growth and eternal hope.
In your own life, Spring is the time to start new projects, sow seeds and burst forth with fresh ideas. Is it any wonder we feel obligated to start “Spring cleaning,” clearing out space for something new? Compelled to refresh ourselves, we emerge from any self-imposed bulb or cocoon of hibernation, making our Spring debut.
What is ready for a fresh start in your life? What are you ready to release, to let melt away like winter’s snow?
Of course, nothing could be more perfect than springing forward in a new, made-lovingly-by-hand Lalamel dress, inspired by the colors and feelings of spring!