Here I am this morning, in my writing loft, the rain tapping on the skylight, my dog Abbe leaning against my leg. I’ve just returned home from a trip, and as always happens this time of year, my yard has changed ever so slightly: the Gravenstein apple tree has burst into song, as has my neighbor’s flowering dogwood. The lilac’s even thinking about blooming.
And the containers out front have somehow regenerated themselves without any help from me: pansies that overwintered spill across their depleted soil; sedums vibrate in glossy green; zebra-striped grasses inch up from the ground.
Spring always takes me surprise. Here in the northwest, the winter days can be quite dark and dreary, and it can take a while before you notice that something has shifted. And when you do notice just one thing—a crocus, a robin, or simply the light coming in your window at 7 p.m.—this can lead to a new level of alertness in your everyday life.
What is a small thing you have noticed changing this week? What has shifted ever so slightly: in your physical or emotional world? Write about this for just 15 minutes, and see if this small noticing leads you to contemplate deeper things.
Let us know what you’ve seen. We always love to hear from you.