Tuesday, May 6, 2014

On Belonging, Astonishment, and Becoming Spring

white flower
Each Petal a Heart... My Heart
“Every spring is the only spring—a perpetual astonishment.”  ~Ellis Peters

There are mornings, such as these, when I am baptized by astonishment.  And in these moments of breathtaking wonder, I belong—I belong to the land, to the first wildflowers of the season, to the mountain chickadee and bluebirds, the oriole, the purple martins, and the mighty hummingbirds.

What is the purpose of green living if not this—to belong to that which is a perpetual astonishment?  Without that sense of surprise and sheer delight, the days would merely be hours.

I’m supposed to be writing reviews, but my spirit wants to sing a different song as this glorious day unfolds.  To deny the song would render my writing moot.  One can only write what one feels deeply, madly, and truly. 

On what feels like the first day of spring I have ever truly known, the words that want to be written are tender, unfurling leaves.  To stand under a young elm tree, witnessing buds giving birth to green... how does one review that? 

Perhaps, if I get still, and quiet, and deeply absorb all this green, it will become embedded in my DNA and I can be a perpetual spring. Wouldn't that be something to write on my heart?


  1. Goodness, Green Living Contributor girl, you just reviewed life itself! I've no words to add other than my sincere appreciation for the most natural and beautiful review I have ever read. Without a doubt, I shall return often to listen to your Spring song. Just lovely, Diana, thank you.

    1. I love that you get what I am about, Ruthi. You have blessed me deeply with your life-giving affirmations. Thank you for singing along.

  2. So beautifully written! You words truly speak to my own heart and remind me of how often I get so busy that I don't stop to enjoy what I most love, the gift of life! Thank you so very much for sharing your thoughts, you experiences with us today. Certainly a much needed reminder that we need to stop, smell the roses and absorb the beauty of the world around us.

    1. To thrive is the gift we give back for all that we have been given.

  3. Oh the wonderment of it all. There are no words I could write that would half-way equal those you used here to describe the 'song of spring' in your heart. Lovely.

    1. Your presence here says everything that needs to be said. :-)


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