“Spring means more to modern man than it did to his forefathers. It brings the hopeful and ever-recurring reminder that there are more pleasant things to look at than television.”
Bill Vaughn in the Kansas City Star
Yes, indeed … spring is working its magic …
I was raised on a farm, from which I “escaped” at the earliest possible moment, never to return as a full-time resident, but only as a visitor, who has grown increasingly respectful of the value of being right out there every day with nature, weather, and life.
Even as a confirmed “city boy”, I still enjoy being outside more than inside. I like the feel of rain and wind against my face, and even when nature turns violent, part of me is just as excited as when I was much smaller.
Spring is particularly evocative … probably because many of us spend our winters trying to avoid the outside as much as possible. When spring finally arrives, as it is doing now in the Heartland, we venture outside more often and more happily. Our step lightens and we look for simple things to appreciate. Forget the fancy restaurant or slaving in the kitchen … just throw some meat and vegetables on the grill and stretch out to enjoy the sunset as the meal cooks.
I like spring … it reminds me that things change …
Of course, after spring comes summer with those often oppressive days of heat, humidity, and sizzle. Then comes autumn, which always delivers around two weeks of absolutely glorious turning leaves and cool, comfortable weather, before giving way to winter, with its crisp and brittle air, the chill in the ground, and the snow on the fly.
Then will come spring … again.
I find this comforting … because I apply this same thinking to the cycles that tend to occur in organizations and with our work. We grow, we maintain, we retreat, and we regain momentum. The slow times and bad times are not the end, nor are the good times.
Keep living and working … it beats the alternative and makes being on the planet ever so much more pleasant in the whole …
Loving the season that I am experiencing in the Heartland ….