The arrival of spring is a reminder of that phrase, hope springs eternal. As this long winter is now evidently drawing to a close, the buds and spring flowers are opening and the birds are singing, and we reach that time in the cycle when spring is opening up and thus the seasons usher in new hope. So too people feel more hopeful about new ideas and new possibilities. As Alexander Pope wrote in An Essay on Man:
- Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
- Man never Is, but always To be blest:
- The soul, uneasy and confin’d from home,
- Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
Not for nothing are there religious festivals at this time. For example Christians celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection at Easter, Jews the Passover and thus the liberation of the Jews from Egypt, and there was the Pagan month of opening, Eostre. There’s something very powerful in the sense of opening that occurs across nature and it’s not surprising that we feel hopeful about the future.
Of course the cynic will scoff. As a result of life’s experiences, we learn to steel ourselves against disappointment and hold ourselves detached from these feelings as a protection. It’s safer to laugh at new hope and its expression by others, and make it seem naive and irrational. Yet hope is an important feeling, and it involves risk. We need it to sustain us, as Pope implies. This is not just about religion but our need to return our focus to what might be possible for our betterment. It invigorates us and brings new life.
This may be nothing more than an adjustment of thinking, the application of the will. We can choose to let go of our cynicism, doubt and negativity and instead turn our minds to that which inspires and uplifts us. Where the mind goes, the energy flows, as I wrote in an earlier post.
This is when we can think of new projects, new plans and new ideas. We can do this at any stage. What we need to do is dust off the cobwebs acquired through the winter, both literally and metaphorically. Not for nothing do people do “spring cleaning” at this time, and clear out things that are cluttering up their space and their lives. Often before a significant new departure people do this. There’s something in it about preparing our minds for the new to come in. We have to make space first.
So, it’s a good time to be clearing out old stuff, letting go of that which we no longer need, and turning our minds to what will inspire, motivate, uplift and take us forwards.
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