The Promise of SpringPosted Saturday, April 2, 2011, at 8:42 PM
Every year, the anticipation of spring becomes more important in our everyday lives. We leave behind the dreary months of winter with a renewed sense of hope. We witness flowers blooming, new life beginning and fields being planted.
Time is going by so fast! It seems as though each month has three distinct movements; Hop, Skip and Jump. And as I get older, that Hop, Skip and Jump seems to have gained an unprecedented momentum!
True appreciation of Spring comes in the adult years. We take more time to smell the flowers and enjoy the newness of baby calves, horses and grandchildren.
The freshness of the air and sunshine uplifts us and makes us energetic and resourceful. Our biggest projects are planned in the spring. Farmers begin preparing their fields, houses are built, people fall in love or welcome new members to their families.
We all need the promise of spring in our lives, all too often, we have the darkness of winter thrust upon us in our personal lives. We lose loved ones, experience hardships that seem almost too terrible to bear or other personal losses that seem to overwhelm us for a period of time.
To me, the Promise of Spring is God's way of telling us that life can joyful and happy again. We celebrate Easter, Mother's Day and Graduation during the season. Our weekends are filled with fishing, picnics and celebrations.
We all know that everything has a time and place, even birth and death. Choosing to live your life as though winter will last forever, shortens it and decreases the capacity for joy. Nor, should we always live as the summer will never end. It will and sooner that you think.
Preceding Winter is the Autumn of your life. It is the time for great reflection. You can make the changes necessary to prepare for another spring or to make your goodbyes.
Enjoy today and what it brings to you. Keep in mind that life will continue to surprise and thrill you if you are able to keep the promise of Spring in your heart.
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Fixing fence is the one of the hardest jobs on a ranch. I no longer live on a ranch, but I do know what hard work is. Fences are everyone's concern, but nowadays,the "hole" is always your neighbor's side not your own. It used to be that you would respect your neighbor and mend the fence together. If their cows got in your field, a simple phone call resolved the problem. You might even saddle up your own horse and help them gather them up. We need more people who are willing to roll their sleeves up and fix the fence regardless of who your neighbor is. There are people in this country who need to be reminded that a fence is like the way you should conduct your life. Your posts should be straight and neat. The wire needs to be stretched tight and your gate might be closed, but can still be easily opened. And most of all, we can all saddle up together and ride the range, it won't matter if you have an Appaloosa, Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred. The cows still have to be gathered, fences have to be fixed, and the range is a wide open space of opportunity for us all.