Urban Garden Denver Blog

Looking for signs of winter to spring

Winter to Spring.

Dark to Light.

Dead to New Life.

Seasons in the garden and seasons in our souls.

When I started this gardening blog in December, the timing seemed strange from a gardening perspective, because winter is the quiet season in the garden. However, I knew that I struggle with seasonal depression and I thought that consciously focusing on signs of growth and beauty on a regular basis would help.

I’m still a person in process, just like my garden is always in process, no magic bullets here. (OK — you can have an instant garden, but you have to hire it out and pay lots of money and the landscapers come and install it all in one day, but that isn’t really gardening.) However, now that I can see signs of growth outside (the stems of the crocuses are poking out of the ground), now that it is light after work, now that we are in the season of Lent, moving toward Easter, I do think I did better this winter.

Perhaps just the act of looking for beauty and growth does lift our spirits. Not to minimize the reality of depression and the need for professional intervention at times, but for many of us, we do have the ability to choose a more hopeful outlook. The circumstances of this winter were not any easier than “normal” (whatever that is), as this has been a season of some degree of turmoil in all the circles of my relationships, but as I look intentionally for beauty and growth, I am changed. I believe you can be as well.

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  1. * Lesley says:

    I agree that the signs of growth outside can serve to renew the inner spirit, too. After spending 2 years in Boston, I am thrilled with the sun and warmer temps in Northern Virginia.

    We dug up our garden last weekend and my 4 year old son, Garrett said that this was the best summer ever! I guess 68 degrees in March sure feels like summer to him!

    Every morning, I look out at the little bird feeder we placed in our backyard. Starting my day with a cup of coffee and the sweet chirping of birds makes me look forward to longer days, more time outdoors, and time to appreciate all of God’s creation.

    Happy Spring!

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 11 months ago
  2. * sandra schaffer says:

    Some years back I began thinking toward spring immediately after New Year’s. The days were already growing longer, and though I knew there would be days of cold and snow ahead, there would also be beautiful days and each week would be more spring-like. Thinking in this way also helped me get through the winter.

    Now that I am older and time is moving quickly, even though we had a very snowy February, it seems that winter passed very quickly.

    Another thing that I learned to do long ago is to get outside on the darkest, coldest days. It’s much lighter outside than in, and my mood is always lifted.

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 11 months ago

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