Walking the fields and woods nearly every morning this winter I’d grown accustomed to the dull brown and grey leafless winter landscape. This past week I witnessed a sudden change in the color pallet nature is “painting” with.
I’d wish this vibrance would lend energy to my legs during my morning walks but I’m thankful for at least a temporary uplift of mind and spirit.
The variance of weather patterns, I believe due to mankind influenced climate change but others may not, has made predicting day-to-day weather hap-hazardous at best.
As Henry Van Dyke said, “The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”
I’m happy to report, and to have experienced, a few of those “first spring days” here already. I’m also hopeful spring will bring back my enthusiasm for photography and even blogging — both have been suffering recently, almost to the point of apathy.
Universal British historian Arnold Joseph Toynbee belived, “Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.”
It doesn’t sound difficult to counteract apathy when put in Toynbee’s terms — especially since he never states the idea or the plan has to be grand — the idea only need capture the imagination.
What about you — any specific ideas you’d like to carrying into practice this new season?