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100 Times to Experience Spring

Peonies from my garden

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…” – Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Today I am ready for the reawakening of Spring. It snowed today for hours with white-out conditions. By this time in the year, I am ready for the darkness of winter to pass and the light and color of spring to come. I’m ready for a new season.

Spring / Winter in Ohio today

Spring shakes me up inside because of the newness of it all, the rebirth. The reawakening of the world does something to me deeply. When autumn passes to winter, I mourn the brown sticks and rustling dead leaves. And now, after months of dead and dark, I yearn for renewal. The best way to do that is to really experience spring.

I once heard this: “If we live to be 100 years old, we will have only experienced Spring 100 times”

We can only experience Spring if we’re paying attention.

That quote always brings me back to this season with wide eyes. In only weeks, I’ll be looking out at flowers and hummingbirds and butterflies. By the way the deadened world looks now, it seems impossible. But it will come. Something bigger is at work, right before our eyes. Spring.

100 Times to Experience Spring | #100Springs

My life always fills up and brims over with busyness, so unless I am intentional I will miss this rebirth we call Spring. To help me remember to watch and be on the lookout for the miracle of Spring, I intend to do these 5 things as often as possible:

  1. Pause and look at the landscape, and notice what has changed from the day before.
  2. Take a walk through someplace wild—the backyard, or a park, or an open field. I love the fresh smells and popping colors floating on the breeze.
  3. Plant more flowers. I can’t wait for the peonies I planted four and five years ago to bloom. My modest garden now yields hundreds of peonies. I’m excited for flowers and color as Spring draws near.
  4. Cut bouquets to bring indoors. Tulips, daffodils, lily of the valley, peonies, iris … an endless parade of Spring beauties wait outside laden with fragrance to be enjoyed. And as I mentioned, I can’t wait for the peonies to come.
  5. Pull out the camera and capture a photo or two of a Wow moment—that moment when I see something new and its beauty takes my breath away. Somehow, capturing something through a lens makes the experience richer, into one that can be shared.
Peonies from my garden
Peonies from my garden

If you have a cell phone with a camera and have Instagram (my favorite photo-sharing app), take one photo a day–not a great one, but one photo of Spring in action that catches your eye, and share it there. I’m tagging my photos with #100Springs so that at the end of the season, we can look back at Spring as it came. If you tag your spring photos with #100Springs (no spaces), they’ll show up in the tag and we can view all of them together.

My account at Instagram is @jennifer___lyn. I look forward to you joining me!

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