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A Much Needed Reminder

Today I took a much needed walk around my Spring garden beds and was reminded that beauty and hope are always waiting, even when I can't see them.

What was once a mess of dried leaves and earth shone with the promise of new life. I saw tiny leaves that will be Black-eyed Susans.

Sprouts of milkweed had emerged. Soon they will grow to become bright orange flowers that sway with the light touch of yellow and blue butterflies.

I was most surprised by how tall the pink, lavender, purple and white columbines had grown since I last checked a couple of days ago. They were sown as seeds last Summer by my Mom and waited until this Spring to show off.

As I gazed at Rhododendrens planted by the people who owned this home long ago I was filled with gratitude.

Recent rains encouraged Ferns and Hostas to fill my empty spaces with green and splashes of red.

This walk moved me to reread one of my favorite poems.

It's a refreshing reminder for any season.

Ten Thousand Flowers

Ten thousand flowers in spring,

the moon in autumn,

a cool breeze in summer,

snow in winter.

If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,

this is the best season of your life.

~Wu Men

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