“It is spring in the mountains.
I come alone seeking you.
The sound of chopping wood echoes
Between the silent peaks.
The streams are still icy.
There is snow on the trail.
At sunset I reach your grove
In the stony mountain pass.
You want nothing, although at night
You can see the aura of gold
And silver ore all around you.
You have learned to be gentle
As the mountain deer you have tamed.
The way back forgotten, hidden
Away, I become like you,
An empty boat, floating adrift.”
-- Tu Fu (eighth century Chinese poet)
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Aside from perhaps unpacking some clothing suitable for the season, most of us don’t really need to prepare for spring, or to get especially psyched for it, do we?
Even without last week's snowstorm, which in the mountains turned out to be the biggest of the winter by far, many of us were ready to greet spring's arrival -- and that hasn't changed!
Winter often evokes ambivalence, although some of our members love that season. Summer has more enthusiasts, in spite of the challenges heat waves can bring.
Spring is surely one of the easiest seasons to adapt to and “get along with.” The main issue that can keep us on our toes is adjusting to unpredictable weather.
However, major fluctuations and wide temperature swings can occur in any season, of course. Each spring some people seem to get attached to the idea that “warm weather is here to stay for a while,” whereas the reality can be more on-and-off.
Which isn’t an altogether bad thing. One of the good points about living in a region of the country with distinct seasons is that conditions are forever changing.
Changes help keep life (and the weather, and the seasons) interesting. And there’s no denying that change is part of the picture of being alive on this planet.
Yes, stability and security have a certain appeal. But wanting or expecting things to always be “one way” is a sure setup for disappointment and frustration.
I hope (expect) that many of you are ready to enjoy the spring season that’s almost here, even with the potential surprises the weather probably has in store for us!
-- Charlie Cook