Posted by: mdmusingsie | January 1, 2012

Flowers in Winter

Thoughts for the New Year as I took my walk today…

The year is reborn, and with it a renewal of all our hopes and dreams.  Sometimes it’s difficult to see the promise that a new year brings when the days are short and the wind slips through the crevices to chill our bones and often our very thoughts.  Yet, light is returning, minute by precious minute. 

There’s still a stray flower here or there to remind us that all is not lost.  Whether it’s the humble dandelion, defiant in the face of battering rain and an icy north wind, or the tiny yellow flowers peeking from the bramble growing between the rocks, they are reminders of the glory days that await us.

The sun was out, though only a fraction of its warmth penetrating at this distance.  Although it hides more often these days behind ominous rain clouds, it reminded us of its power and glory as it cast a brilliant rainbow to encircle the city on this first day of the year. 

It is a time of resolutions – many made, most broken – we are imperfect people in an imperfect world.  Take comfort and joy in the small things like flowers in winter that brighten these dark days and lend us the strength to change what we can and accept what we cannot change. 

Keep those hopes and dreams alive.  Use the talents, skills, and imagination that creation provided to give hope not only to yourself but to others.  Not everyone will make a huge mark on the world, but remember that even the smallest contribution can appear as a blazing beacon to someone in need of a flower in the depth of winter.



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