Springing Forward, Feeling New

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{ lettering by Kelly Cummings }

Birds are chirping outside our front door this morning.  They nest in the river birch trees that create a barrier between our front yard and the neighbor’s front yard.

Then, because the little birdies feel so safe, they like to flit and hop around on our bushes, concrete bench, front stoop.  Sometimes they even look in the window at me.

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They are cute, but not all that melodic.  No surprise.  They are little birdies whose primary purpose in life is to build nests and procreate.  And to not get eaten by the neighborhood cats.  I’m sure that figures into their nest-building.

I find their presence outside my front door to be the most immediate and clearcut sign that Spring is here.  Last week, Winter.  This week, Spring.  The change of seasons happens quickly and easily in this part of the world with Daylight Savings Time underscoring what is already going on naturally.

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I find March, and the shift into Spring, as inspiring and focusing as New Year’s Day.  For me, this is the time of year to start new things.  To say: “Today I will begin  ______.”  And then go out and do it.  Rather like NY resolutions, without the formality and fuss, but with the follow-thru.

So with that in mind I plan to start anew today.  To follow the lead of the little birdies who are happy as can be doing their own thing.  To embrace change.  And growth.  And adventure.  And fun.

Definitely fun.  Care to join me?

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Ally Bean

Observant. Creative. Humorous. Adaptable. Happy enough. Looking for the crumb of truth in the cookie of life.

19 thoughts on “Springing Forward, Feeling New”

  1. Ooh yes, definitely! We are still in the depths of winter here, fresh snowfall this morning, wind chill of minus 8 degrees centigrade (17.6F according to Google) bleak grey skies yada yada. So I am definitely looking forward to some starting anew, change, growth, adventure and fun. With a little bit of sunshine if at all possible. 🙂

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    1. Polly, your current weather sounds like what we had going on in Feb. It’s warmer here now, but no sunshine yet. I don’t know why, but the first Monday after we change the clocks always makes me feel inspired. Like it’s the first day of the year. Kind of weird, I know.

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  2. I think spring is the only time of year one is optimistic enough to think that spring-cleaning is a good idea. I’m filled with ideas for the house and yard and maybe I’ll even get some of them done.

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    1. Zazzy, you are so right about “Spring” ideas for the house and garden. I’m filled with ideas today, too. Some practical, some whimsical. I go through an attitude adjustment most years when the time changes– and this year my focus is on the house + my health. Springing forward, am I.

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      1. Oh, interesting! You changed your clocks this weekend just gone. We don’t change ours until the last Sunday in March. Maybe I will get what you’re feeling the Monday following that! Fingers crossed.

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  3. So Ally. . .are you going to share any “changes” you are planning to make? You can use your followers to keep you accountable :). I am looking for something to commit to and just haven’t found the right thing for me yet. Looking to you for some inspiration!

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    1. Cheri, my changes are of the small variety. I plan to walk every day– even if it’s only 10 minutes. I’m going to eat a better diet– low fat, high fiber, more calcium. I’ve got to figure out a better way to organize & keep track of my clothes. These are all rather typical goals, but ones that I need to work on… so why not start today?

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  4. Great minds think alike. I posted about how much more energy I get when the weather warms. Don’t know if I fully understand but I could really conquer the world!

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    1. la p, that is perfect. I’ve never seen that quote before, but leave it to Emily to get it right. Her quiet point of view and my own are often the same.

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  5. The birds outside my window early wake me up, but I don’t mind in spring since I’m working. I don’t like the dark mornings leaving for work again. I’m starting to think about flowers and planting though. 🙂

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    1. Margaret, I get you about the dark mornings. Not a fan of those either. But overall those little birdies and the soon-to-be flowering bulbs fill me with a sense of possibility. And I like that feeling.

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  6. I’ve noticed, too, that the birds are back, and noisily. We’re very damp and grey here, and after being so healthy, I came down with a lousy cold after riding in my sister’s Van Of Contagion. Not feeling very much like starting anything new, but straining at the bit for some Spring weather and less hacking and nose-blowing. Sigh.

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    1. nance, our birds are unusually noisy here, too. Don’t know what’s up with that. Sorry to hear that you’re under the weather right when the weather is beginning to be delightful. Ain’t it the way? Take care. Feel better. Do something new later.

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