"To anyone who has spent a winter in the north . . . the first hint of spring is a major event . . . To appreciate it, you must wait for it a long time, hope and dream about it, and go through considerable enduring. Looking forward to spring plays the same part in morale building in the north as rumors do in an army camp. The very thought of it is something to live for when the days are bitter and winter is stretching out a little longer than it should . . . Waiting has adeep psychological impact on all of us and most people know it is not necessarily the waste of time it might appear to be at the moment. Waiting gives us a chance to realize we cannot solve the complicated puzzles of our lives without considering the vast complex series of variables that have a bearing on everything we do."
Sigurd F. Olson
This past weekend's switch to Daylight Savings Time always feels to me like the arrival of the TRUE Spring Equinox - a week ahead of time. To me, the extra hour of light at the end of the day means more time for hiking, camping and backpacking. I feel so excited anticipating all of the outdoor excursions planned for this coming Spring and Summer!
Photo: Yellow Violets, Lory State Park, CO, March 13, 2016
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.