Sunday, February 5, 2017

Impatient For A Better World

"They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds." This Mexican proverb, possibly rooted in writings by Greek poet Dinos Christianopoulos, expresses how some things in life simply cannot be repressed.

Vigils for innocent men murdered at a Quebec City mosque, women's marches and spontaneous peaceful protests show how ordinary people are sowing seeds of compassion.

When people rise up and resist hatred, hopeful outcomes feel possible and signs of spring fill the air.

Unsettled thoughts escape into backyard gardens post the bitter political season nearby that made winter seem endless. Now it's time for new buds to break through the ground.

The camellia (first photo, top) bloomed throughout fall and winter but most flowers vanished like the snowdrop (left) to suddenly reappear.

Even this firmly planted rock is heralding spring.

Plumes of pampas grass (above) produced the seeds that breezes blow. Seeds fly and float and land in nurturing places. Free from boundaries and whisked along on their haphazard journey they could flower anywhere.

The first plants to arrive are usually the impatients (above). Their eagerness for better weather pales in comparison to our eagerness for a gentler kinder world. As usual ... a few steps backward before going forward again.

The iris (below) was quietly coming alive when it was hit by a surprise snowfall this weekend. Winter CAN fool you but spring will not be denied.

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  1. Spring sure is having a hard time getting here this year, but we do need the snow in the high country for summer water. - Margy

  2. I'm impatient for spring now, after seeing those primroses, my favorites!
    Love the stone sign too!

  3. ...spring is such a magical season of rebirth.

  4. I've heard about all the snow out there! It must be crazy!

  5. I like it when there's something written on stones.

  6. “A few steps backward before going forward again” is so true. Growth or improvement is not linear. In Japan, there is a song “… three steps forward, two steps back…”. Winter at last gives way to Spring in the cycle of three cold days and four warm days. This post is so encouraging. Nature teaches us about life and further universal truth.


  7. I love that Mexican proverb! What an inspiring post that gives hope.

  8. Resist and persist! My two favorite verbs these days. I'm impatient too. This has been an incredible winter for all in the PNW --- it looks like you are making the most of it - it looks absolutely beautiful ... I know the iris will survive -- so will we all!

  9. Beautiful shots. I like the proverb a lot. It is hard to deal with the world we live in.

  10. A beautiful uplifting post I so love that quote "They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds."

  11. Are you really having Spring already? Ohhh, makes me homesick, but we've had two sunny days in a row, so much of the snow is melting, and the temperatures are into the double digits, not bad for Alberta in February.
    But spring in February. Sigh.
    Hugs, K

  12. I was so sure I left a comment on this post some weeks ago, Maria, but perhaps I failed to click on "publish".. I'll try to do better this time. First, the visual beauty in this post is the perfect companion to your celebration of "ordinary people.. sowing seeds of compassion." I feel your sense of hope whenever I meet even one person doing whatever they can to make the world a kinder place. And truthfully, there are many in my life, from all over the world, who do that. I know it is the same for you. Just as Spring will not be held back, neither will the gestures and actions of those with good hearts. Thank you so much for a reminder to carry on, even if we are in a "one-step-back" phase. and to celebrate the "going forward" time with every fibre of our being.


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