New Beginnings

I was at my desk early one morning. I paused for a moment from what I was writing to gaze outside. Suddenly I saw a flash of red. Although we often are unable to spot them, several cardinals frequent our neighborhood. This particular male cardinal poked around on the ground for a few moments, hopped about the branches of a small bush, flew to the fence – stopping briefly as if to assess where he was going next – and then he was gone.

I, too, was assessing my plan for the day. Having allowed too much stress in my life of late, I knew I needed to regroup. I had tasks I’d put off for some time. Now a good time to tackle them, I thought. I needed a sense of accomplishment, and I needed to feel peaceful again.

This morning when I parted the curtains, one of the first things I noticed was that the growing buds had finally burst beyond capacity, and, without fanfare, tiny new leaves had taken their place. Squirrels had become playful and very active. Daffodils and tulip leaves had popped above ground. Color was increasing, and birds had become downright noisy.

Yes, my time for renewal had begun as well – a fresh slate, new directions, new goals. It was all good.

How can anyone NOT enjoy spring? To me, spring is a time for renewal, hope, and redirection…time to complete old projects and begin new ones. It is no wonder that spring has always been my most favorite of seasons! Now I was ready to dig in!

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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