A snippet, a fragment, a sliver, and flakes …

A snippet of Spring wisdom …
Spring brings cleansing rains of freshness, rays of hope, winds of change, shoots of new life, and buds of excitement just waiting to open … we are drawn to the newness and possibilities of changes Spring stirs within us. To direct our desires for this internal Spring cleaning in the most positive way, allow time for inner reflection and self-awareness to guide our Spring change and new path decisions. After all, these Spring decisions and plans we make have the power to change us and our lives. Together, these two quotes express it well:

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.”  ~Anatole France

“You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are. “ ~ Fred Rogers

A fragment of life …
Beginnings and endings are definitely visible in the woods this time of year, also. Nature has an abrupt and sometimes cruel way of opening and shutting the doors of life change. As “bear-den-webcam-watchers” were going through withdrawal because the bears left their den and have begun foraging in the woods they were also suffering from sadness. One of Lily’s two cubs died. The male cub, Jason, did not have the energy or the strength to keep up and scientists are investigating to see what happened to him.
This little cubs death is not new in the world of nature, but learning from it could bring new understanding to the world around us. Meanwhile, life goes on as Lily, Hope and Faith have a temporary home at the base of a big white pine for the safety of the cub and all three seem to be doing well. If you would like updates on the lives of these bears, visit bearstudy.org. For current and past video segments of the lives of these bears check out the bear study site at YouTube

A sliver of school …
Change is also taking part at school. Besides looming graduation and dreams of summer vacation, bigger changes are on our horizon. We are in search of a new principal. In a small town school, the principal is definitely our leader, our guide, the person who sets the tone and influences the atmosphere the most. Our school changes in so many ways each time a new principal is hired. I have been part of the interviewing process at school this time. It is remarkable what can be discovered about a person by asking the right question. It is even more incredible what a group of 10 people can read into the answers given. If a person is truly invested in what they seek, an interview can be an intensely stressful life event. For it takes more than hard work and a desire to change your life career path, it requires that others invite you in to let you change their life as well. Your words, your performance during that short one hour of life determines the turn your life path takes.
As one of the interviewers, what I found the most amazing was that at the end of the day, the decision was not all that difficult. Even given numerous, qualified and likable candidates, the one that fit best in my opinion was the best fit in everyone’s opinion. It was nothing blatantly obvious, it was just a connection, a feeling that this person was the best fit for our school … it felt like they belonged with us and that leading us would be a natural transition.

Funny how life works out that way …are we where we should be doing what we should be doing? is there a better place where we belong? Do we recognize it immediately when we see it? How do we know when it is time to change? (sounds like heavy thoughts for future post)

The flakes of winter …
Last Sunday, we had a thunderstorm with several inches of snow melting rain. Monday we faced the aftermath of heavy rains and rapid melting with our biggest obstacles being lots of mud, rapidly running water, and washed out roads. The remainder of the week was warm and we were finally seeing brown earth, pussy willows and a few green shoots … for all appearances, Spring was finally here in northern Minnesota. Then, bang, Mother Nature surprised us this weekend with the return of winter. Currently, there are 4-6 inches of new snow (it is still snowing and blowing around), dark gray skies and icy roads and forecasts of more snow later in the week. From this picture, I am sure you would agree that It looks and feels like we are beginning winter all over again.
Intrinsically, we know that winter can not last forever, it will be gone shortly … one warm day and it will be brown again. However, the view from our windows kills those Spring winds of change and makes us feel the burden of a winter that refuses to end.

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~Mark Twain

What do you want most this Spring? What new life paths are calling you? What are you closing the door on?

~ by bearyweather on April 17, 2011.

8 Responses to “A snippet, a fragment, a sliver, and flakes …”

  1. So happy you’re getting a taste of spring, too. Love the pic of the tiny bear cub!

    • Mother Nature played an April Fools joke on us this week and let us see only about 2-3 days of Spring … we are back to snowy winter weather.
      I wish I would have had the privilege to see such a tiny bear in the woods, but I have not.
      The picture of the bear cub is from the bear study web site … follow my link for more baby bear pictures.

  2. Hi Bearyweather, So sorry about that cub. Spring is a wonderful season with lots of gardening opportunities. We also are seeing a lot of wildlife out and about with nesting or raising young a priority for the animals birds and fish. Glad to hear that your interview process went fine. That is important. Have a super nice day!

    • Thanks for the cheery thoughts of what Spring will eventually bring my way … some day (as I gaze out the window at a yard full of snow it feels like a life time from now.)

  3. The cub’s death is such a sad event. I’ve noticed death arriving with the new life of spring (the loss of some baby doves, a few fish, a red fox). Although I know it’s a part of life (death happens, as they say), I still find it sad when I come across it. The doves, in particular, were heartbreaking as the mama dove sat with them for a day or so after they died.

    It’s not all sadness, of course. Lots of new life spring up, all around. 🙂

    I’m sorry about the snow. Hopefully it won’t last long and Spring will nudge Winter out for good.

    • I read your blog about the baby doves … it is sad. So often people don’t think much about those losses in nature, but the animal parents really do care about their young … it is what they live for. If anyone doubts that, they should take a look at the Eagles nest web cam this afternoon. Watching that mother trying to protect her 3 little eaglets from the wind, rain, snow and ice that are just pounding her shows how important and caring animals are for their young.
      I hope that storm just brings you rain and not this icky white stuff we have.

  4. bearyweather, this does sound like some spring wisdom. I am wondering if you got the snow this weekend, or if most of yours has melted? Sorry to hear about that baby male cub that died. So sad…

    On another note, it sounds like the experience of interviewing/hiring the principal was a positive one. That is interesting that almost everyone agreed about who was the best fit for the school.

    • No snow on the weekend. Monday it was actually nice out .. in the 60’s, sunshine. They are predicting about 2 inches of snow for tonight and tomorrow, though. With temps hovering around 40º most likely will not stick very long … just frustrating as it is way past time for Spring to begin.

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