What azaleas have taught me

Azaleas are flowering bushes that come alive with brilliant color in early springtime here in the South. It’s a joy to see them emerge each year into the fullness of their glorious beauty. Harbingers of the growing season, azaleas awaken the garden with their bright and sunny blossoms.

They are a dream in spring, but a dream that is short lived.

The sad part of having azaleas is watching those bright and colorful blossoms fade and die away at the end of their super short lives.

This said, what exactly can azaleas teach us? (more…)

The soft, sweet impulse of springtime

In the Deep South, spring tends to come early each year. By late February in my area of the world, the trees start budding and flowers begin peeking out from the earth.

It’s a beautiful time to be alive, to watch the world awaken, to watch nature emerge from its winter slumber.

Spring has always been one of my favorite seasons.

There is an impulse…a soft but sweet one that I sense at the vernal equinox, a gentle impulse to clean and organize and straighten out life. This is true not only for my home, but for my thoughts and goals and dreams.

After a winter spent indoors, patiently awaiting the warmth, I tend to get bogged down with ideas and mental clutter. (more…)