How Happy the Trees Must Be
Springtime! A time of renewal! The trees birth new leaves, gradually the evenings have more daylight, and the birds start singing early in the morning as they anticipate the dawn. A quote in my Stepping Stones booklet aptly introduces the section on 'Faith': "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings while the dawn is still dark." (Rabindranath Tagore).
The idea for this Moment came to mind when reading a paragraph from the 2014 Friendship Book recently. The author suggested that the coming of Spring is surely the world's best tonic for raising our spirits, and then quoted nineteenth-century nature writer, Richard Jefferies: "How happy the trees must be, to hear the song of the birds again in their branches! After the silence and leaflessness, to have the birds back once more and to feel them busy at nest-building; how glad to give them the moss and the fibres and the crutch of the boughs to build in."
So raise your spirits and give yourself a spring tonic, and when you are 'out and about' in the days ahead, please take time to notice the majesty of Nature in the colours of the flowers, to listen to the singing of the birds, and to think how happy the trees must be. What a wonderful broadcasting system of hope and a reminder that we do live in a beautiful world.
As I recently completed an intensive end-of-life spiritual pain course in Victoria and am now honing my talk for a ministry conference in Sedona early May, I have been watching light 'feel good' movies in the evenings, including: Elsa and Fred, with Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer, about two people in later years who fall in love, despite vast differences in viewpoints, proving we can change our way of thinking, albeit reluctantly!
If you live in the White Rock, BC area perhaps you would like to join me at two local Hospice functions next month: Annual Hike for Hospice, Sunday, May 1, 9 a.m. - Noon, starting at Blackie Spit, Crescent Beach, and on Thursday evening, May 19, 7 - 8 p.m., the semi-annual peaceful Memorial service at Victory Memorial. And, on June 12 we are launching our first Pet Memorial service.
May you be as happy as the trees... until next time, I wish you joy.
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
Apt. 202 - 1655 Martin Drive
Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada