Violet crocuses with closed bloom - Wiki CommonsI finally feel like Spring is here! It's been warm enough for flip-flops -- well almost warm enough! I've got to take the commuter bike into the shop to get a new wheel (current one nearly flew off on my last ride -- no nuns were injured, just a bit surprised).

I'm going to experiment in the convent garden this year with rhubarb -- though I'll have to rely on the Farmers' Market throughout the year as the rhubarb won't be harvestable this year. I have a great need to clean and organize. The robins and red-winged blackbirds are chirping up a storm!

All these thing tell me that the season is shifting and new life is on its way! The thing about Spring is that the very hope and anticipation themselves are Spring-like, making Spring already present, though not quite! But I sure am trying to live into it! True, my toes do get a bit chilled when I resolutely don my flip-flops, but in this case, minor numbness is a small price to pay for feeling alive!

Back in the day, my karate sensei would have summarized this with six short words: "Fake it 'till you make it." She definitely had a point that packed a punch. At the time, I was trying to figure out what professional direction to take in my life. I realized that I couldn't just wait around for The Thing to happen -- I had to start living into it as if it already was part of my life!

As you think about your own spiritual Winter -- a fantastic time for new life to be nurtured -- what are the signs of Spring that you see? In what ways can you live into the new life to which you feel called?

"The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897)