It’s now the middle of February and we expect more snow today. It seems like there is a storm every other day. February is the last month of winter to me. I realize that we’ve had some bad weather in March, but storms that close to spring signify a transition period. Anyway, I’m growing used to these winter storms. I’m prepared for them, and, as I mentioned in the past, I’m excited by the energy displayed by nature and I am awed by the purity and stillness the morning following a snowstorm.
Tao Te Ching’s second verse says, there can be no beauty without ugliness, no short without long. Things complement one another and we wouldn’t know evil without good. Knowing that, I feel there can be no beautiful spring without a harsh winter. These dreary months will make us more greatly appreciate the beauty of the daffodils bursting through the thawing earth, the brittle trees opening themselves to the sky, and the birds returning from their long migrations. So, looking at things in that light, we have a beautiful spring coming and I intend to bask in it every day.