“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.  There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter”.   Rachel Carson

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As I sat at my desk, looking out the window, begrudging another snowfall and wishing it was spring, two cardinals flew to the tree in front of the window and perched on the branches.  How beautiful their red feathers looked against the snow coming down.  I really needed this reminder.

I was always one of those kids who were looking to the next.  The next anything.  I can’t wait to go swimming tomorrow…I wish school was out…I wish it was Christmas…..and on and on.  To which my mom would always reply, “Don’t wish your life away”.

I still find it hard to live in the here and now and am always looking ahead.  But as I get older and don’t have as much life to wish away, I am trying to focus on appreciating what is happening now and that I am still able to enjoy it.  I will always have my two favorite seasons, spring and fall, but nature has always assured me that they will be here soon enough.  I need to enjoy the here and now.