'Wild Ideas' Our seasonal blog with some thoughts and inspiration from nature

Spring reflections

Springtime in the garden is a time of delight in small things. After the bleak, dark months of winter, it is impossible not to feel a a leap of joy at the sight of daffodils opening their yellow trumpets and blue skies above. This year amidst all the difficulties and anxiety of the Covid 19 pandemic, there has been a particular poignancy to the beauty of spring flowers and the feeling of sunshine on our faces. Rather than add to the media overload about the current situation with more comments of our own, we just wanted to share a favourite poem by Mary Oliver, which has come to mind during the recent sunny weather and brings us back to an appreciation of the present moment and the wisdom of the natural world, which is notably less polluted and more vibrant during the cessation of normal human activity. How wonderful and what a poweful call for us to reconsider our way of being.

Why I Wake Early (by Mary Oliver)

Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and crotchety–
best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light–
good morning, good morning, good morning.
Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.