It is Sunday morning and it’s that time of the year when we leap forward. I went to bed at a reasonable time last night, but I woke up early, earlier than I normally do on a Sunday morning. I would have preferred to stay under the covers for another hour or so of sleep, but I didn’t.
It was still dark and I looked out my bedroom window at the crescent moon rising in the eastern sky. Friday morning, I was up at the same time, though being up was a conscious choice, the sky was clear and I could see Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter ibn line with the moon. It was impressive.
It’s been over a month since I’ve posted. The late winter and early spring is always a grind. School is busy and home life is busy, too. It’s also the time in my school life when I see the hard work that my students and I have put it begin to blossom.
Several weeks ago, I was greeted with the quote below during my morning routine of the Five Minute Journal.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin (1903-1977) Cuban-American author
It was Presidents Day (2/19) and I planned to write that day – it was a holiday and I was off from school. But, I didn’t finish the post or really start beyond typing the quote and saving the file on my laptop.
That was almost three weeks ago. It seems like the other day, a blink in time.
Much has changed in that 20 days. The days are longer and warmer, though today is cold and the temperature is closer to freezing than I would prefer. But Earth is awakening from its long winter slumber.
For Valentine’s Day I gave my wife a couple of potted daffodils and a potted purple hyacinth for the kitchen window. The indoor flora began as mere buds but began to open and bloom and spread their sunshine. The hyacinth not only blossomed but spread its fragrant scent. The two plants bloomed for a couple of weeks before being set aside for replanting in the spring.
Yesterday, I was outside patrolling the snowless backyard and I noticed several signs of outdoor flora. It’s early yet, but the crocuses are blooming. The daffodils will follow soon, too.
Like the flora, we all take risks in growing. It would have been easier to stay in bed this morning, much easier. But, there is much to do and I accomplish more awake than I can when I am asleep. Often, we need to take a risk, forge through and to put aside what we want to do, in order to accomplish something greater.
Like the buds which are pushing their way above ground seeking sunshine, warmth, and energy – today is going to be a great day. I know it and I can feel it, so I’d better jump up, jump in, and seize the day. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, pushing myself forward, one step at a time.
What’s blooming in your world?