Urban Garden Denver Blog

Celebration Even in the Brown

As the brown of January in Colorado continues on, some of us who have seasonal blues need to look for reasons to celebrate. 

This was a full week at work, so I missed being outdoors in the daylight hours. I’m not normally an early morning walker, but I decided to do a quick lap around the frozen lake in the park near my home on Thursday morning. The sunrise was turning the clouds pink while I walked. That touch of beauty encouraged me in my day.

Then today, I got to see light at the end of the day … my new milestone is arriving home from work during the daylight. Another small but simple movement of the seasons toward spring (and the fact that it’s a little easier to leave on time on Fridays)!

Another movement toward spring is seen in close examination of the buds on the trees and shrubs. Even though winter seems dead, it always amazes me how the buds swell and fill with potential even in the coldest season.  And my little yellow pansy is still blooming by the front walk.

Sunday, January 24, is the birthday of Henri Nouwen, one of my favorite spiritual thinkers. This is what he wrote about birthdays:

“Birthdays need to be celebrated. I think it is more important to celebrate a birthday than a successful exam, a promotion, or a victory. Because to celebrate a birthday means to say to someone: ‘Thank you for being you.’ Celebrating a birthday is exalting life and being glad for it.” (from Here and Now by Henri Nouwen)

Celebrate life … the light, the potential of spring and each day.

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  1. * Kathy Skipton says:

    Hey Carla,

    I really enjoyed your comments about the sunrise. I had a similiar one last Thursday when I was up and driving to a 7:30 meeting. I was so glad to have experienced the Lord’s work in the sky. I also like your comment about birthdays and the reference to a new book and author. Your such a neat lady.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 4 months ago
    • Thanks! Hope this is a year of sunrises for you. Carla

      | Reply Posted 10 years, 4 months ago

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