It has been a LOOONG winter here in Nebraska! And that is coming from a girl who actually likes winter. We went over two months, with snow covering everything! We did not see the ground until just about one week ago.
One good thing about winter, it that it brings spring. And spring brings hope! Hope that “springs” from the earth in bright yellow daffodils and red tulips. Hope that brings the birth of sweet bunnies and robins hatching from bright blue eggs. After all the snow melted, I had daffodils that were popping up about 2”! The snow was actually protecting and nurturing the tiny flowers that Mother Nature was bringing us.
The same snow, that is going to bring us the beautiful flowers, with more vibrant colors, also brought lots of troubles. It was hard to drive. Some days you would not even be able to get out of the house. It was impossible to take a walk. And now the snow has created devastating flooding , as Mother nature decided to warm us and send us rain. Making all the snow melt in two days. People had no time to move things out. They just had to leave everything.
It is in times of a natural disaster, that I am reminded and humbled by two things. The first, the power of Mother Nature. People tend to fear so many things in life. Little things like heights, spiders, dogs and mice. And big things like terrorism and cancer. I think we tend to forget, that Mother Nature is a force to be most feared. Like most things in life, she can come on with no warning. She is, like 99% of the things in life, something we have no control over.
The second, is the power of the human spirit. The spirit to not only survive, but to rebuild in a spot that took everything from you. And the spirit of others to help a total stranger, even maybe at their own risk. It is times like this, that remind me of the goodness in people.
I guess in the end, what all this comes down to for me, is that there is always a silver lining. We may have to look to find it. But if we look hard, it will be there. We can live life fearing all the little and big things we have no control over. Or, we can live life, knowing that we can find the silver lining when we need to.
Yes, Mother Nature can bring us devastation. But she also brings us Spring, to remind us that it is always possible to start over. Even when you have been knocked to the ground and buried in “snow” for months! And it is possible to not only start over, but to grow brighter, stronger and better for it!
Smiles & Hugs,