(It rubs off!)
Sometimes events conspire. Or so they say. Which is a stupid notion – chance is merely chance. But it seems that disparate events can be acting together in some kind of unspoken agreement. Acting to guide, to control, to divert. Or any other reason, good or otherwise.
Today I was diverted. My recovery from being so damaged was – and remains – only possible because of the skills, abilities, attitudes, care and love of others. All the professionals I can only thank as best I can within the contexts I met them. Friends and family can only be thanked as best I can within the contexts I know them.
I am always aware of that.
Even with all that in mind though, today was a day when events ‘conspired’ to bring the love of my partner just that little bit closer to the forefront of my day-to-day than it might be. I was diverted by accident. Brief bits of books read, some casual words spoken, commonplace sights, weather felt.
My partner relishes – seriously, properly relishes – when the year’s shortest day is done. When spring is on its way.
And this is my small response to that positivity, that palpable excitement. It rubs off! I have learned from it. And it’s a small thank you, too.
Lencten. The Season Of Lengthening Days
The pleasure that comes when the shortest day is over. The drabness of a cold grey day eclipsed by the promise lying in the future. Another year’s renewal starts, however harsh the winter.
With lengthening days time itself seems to stretch.
Yes, each new spring brings with it its sorrows. The more easily sapped energy. Aches that no longer heal as they once did. The ever-firmer awareness that nature will persist but one’s own time is finite.
Reconciled with inevitability, peace lies in enjoying what’s around you, and what’s still before you.
Without a thought, nature gives. Give back your appreciation. Be aware that that’s what you’re doing. And smile because you can. It is really lovely.
Arguably … you could feel that nature gives with an awful neutrality. After all, your role in the life in/of the world is neither here not there. Nature will ensure that something will happen after you, whatever you do or don’t do.
But alternatively, at the end of the day pure chance has led to you, to all that you’ve done and all that you’ll do. And that can make you conclude that you should appreciate it all the more. It’s all an accident, but it might not have happened.