Finding Hope, Healing, and Resilence in Nature

Healing the deep wound of losing my son is ongoing in my life. I find color, hope, and peace in nature. Spring brings the reawakening of all the flowers, shrubs, and trees that lay dormant over the long, cold, bitter months of winter. Each year, purple and yellow crocus emerge from their winter’s sleep, then yellow and white daffodils, and shorty thereafter, red tulips rising tall, even when cooler temperatures still prevail.

My grief, despair, and hopelessness echo the monochromatic landscape of winter–a bitter mix of gray, black, and white. But come spring, when the brilliance of sun, blue skies, and flowers seemingly appear against an impossible, immutable winter, I find hope in nature’s resilience.

The Resilience of Spring and Summer

Close Up Photo of Creamy White and Yellow Daffodils in Early Spring
White and Yellow Daffodils in Early Spring
Close up photo of Purple Lilacs in Full Bloom in Late Spring. Green heart-shaped leaves surround the lilac bloom.
Purple Lilacs in Full Bloom in Late Spring
Close up photo of Tender Yellow and White Flowers of German Chamomile Beside Vivid Green Leaves of Chocolate Mint
Tender Yellow and White Flowers of German Chamomile
Close up of Peach  flowering quince
Peach Flowering Quince in Spring
Close up photo of pink flowering crabapple blossoms in spring
Pink Crabapple Blossoms in Spring

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Upon Awakening

And so it is I’ve arisen today, yet again–sometimes enough just as is. Always my coming to, my lying there in stillness, my awareness that I am here, that I have breath. Then attempts at prayer, gratitude, some days, impossible, but when remembered, comforting.

At first, in early grieving, the being knocked totally flat, unable to rise or find energy or wherewithal to do, go, see, hear, be anything save the shape of my heart’s grief. Slowly, years really, it took years–the rise into daylight, being able to see sky, feel the temperature, witness the seasons. . .

Close Up photo of Peach Daylily in Full Bloom in Summer

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