A Spring Icon of Personal Growth
I was out walking yesterday afternoon when I spied a snowdrop in full bloom. It immediately raised my spirits and seemed to me to be the perfect emblem of hope and personal growth.
The winter here in the Northeast, as in so many other sections of the country, was brutal this year: It was a constant barrage of snow and freezing temperatures, then more snow and freezing temperatures. But yesterday, despite the chill in the air, I saw the promise of change before my very eyes.
Life sometimes feels like this winter, doesn’t it? Caught as we can be in the midst of seemingly unending financial pressures, bad luck, challenges or painful situations. Then suddenly there’s a hopeful sign. Relief comes into sight. That’s the promise of the snowdrop.
So rest your eyes on this harbinger of spring! Take in its fragility and simple beauty. Change happens. We’re witness to it right now.
Downtime is just as important as all my self-improvement activities, and can ultimately lead to renewed creativity and innovation.
Online managing editor Anne Simpkinson talks about how stillness and quiet can lead us to new discoveries about ourselves.