“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth
find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—
the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
-Rachel Carson, author and naturalist
I offer these inspiring words in honor of the spring equinox, celebrated yesterday here in the Northern Hemisphere. Nature is so often taken for granted in our age of technology, but along with all the problems, a year of enforced isolation and social distancing has inspired me to spend time reconnecting with nature’s beauty and healing powers.
Without all the other diversions in my life, I’ve taken frequent walks through our state parks and along sandy beaches. I’ve gazed at stars, made new friends with Venus and Mars, and planted a colorful array of vegetables and flowers. Everything has reconnected me to the wonder of this world we are a part of.
Has nature inspired you this year of Covid? Have you found ways to participate despite everything else? Our days are growing longer and warmer again. Spring does come after winter. Let’s not forget to enjoy it.