|in my back yard|
And it got me thinking this morning as I was walking with my dog, that I, too, need renewal. I need to allow myself to do what spring does. I need to push away the old brown, decaying leaves that have covered up the beauty that is possible in my life, and make way for new green shoots, for new colorful buds. I need to get rid of the patterns that keep me always in a hurry, always behind a step, always stressed, always anxious, and make room in my life for wandering, and thinking, and reflecting, and connecting with the ones I love, and being the person I want to be. Because it's so easy, automatic almost, for my priorities to get covered with decaying leaves.
|along our fence|
Because renewal doesn't mean my whole life changes, that the muddle of deadlines and chores and hard things goes away. Renewal means that I push these things aside for tiny moments, that I focus briefly on what means the most for just long enough to let the green shoots of gratefulness break through the hard ground of my busy life. Drawing our attention to beauty, that is what spring does.
How will you invite renewal into your life this week?