May 17, 2010

Changes Around And Within.

The sun is shinning again after a very rainy and cold weekend. Although it is back to work for me, as I feel the warmth of its rays on my face, I sense my spirits lifting ever so slightly.

I find myself these days in times of contemplation. Perhaps as the seasons change and everything around me seems to grow and flourish, I too long for a certain renewal. But we all know that changes are difficult to make and they only get more difficult with age. Therefore until I find the courage to change that which I can and accept that which I can not, as once stated by Saint Francis of Assisi, I will have to relish in the changes that the nature undergoes instead.

Such as the ever changing, majestic Birch Tree in our front yard. It is now full of those first, soft light green leaves, slowly loosing its flowers. The Cherry Tree is in its most splendid bloom and gazing at that pink beauty makes me smile. Some of our trees though are still bare - this due to our very cold May, which on some days was colder then some of our Decembers have been in the past.

Hopefully, as we enter late spring, a warmer air and increased light will bring on a needed change and the imminence of summer - around and within - will finally become palpable.

19 comments :

Sandy at Teacup Lane said...

Oh, your birch tree is greening up more and more Zuzana! What a beautiful view into your yard. Sunday was a lovely day here. I cleaned out the interior of our truck (rain is scheduled for the next two days) - I like to do that before each RV trip. The sun was shining, it was warm but not too hot and no humidity yet. Just a perfect day. Hubby will take the truck to get the exterior washed before we leave. Today (Monday) will be a busy day we are having mud flaps put on the truck. Hubby is taking me out for breakfast while the truck is being worked on. It's 4:30 am now and I'm up (I get the restless leg thingie during the night...). I hope to get back to bed for a while before we have to get up. Have a lovely day!

Susan Deborah said...

Dear Zuzana:

Changes around definitely cause a change within, but only if we listen dear one. You are changing every minute when you see a flower blossoming, a new leaf sprouting, the first star in the evening. You often don't realise what goes on within you but you are evolving and radiating in the rhythms of nature.

Observing the changes in nature you have given up on you and have enjoined in the cycle of love and beauty. Zuzana, you are nature. You are love. You pulsate with life-force. You are evolving and growing.

Joy always,
Susan

GrandmaK said...

I think that change comes with growth. We are never to old to grow, just to lazy! Or as some, afraid to grow. Considering or contemplating is as natural as the forests bringing forth "new" leaves. I see you are "growing" and that is good! Wishing you well!!! Cathy

Mr. Stupid said...

Wow. Seven days and it looks very different now. Change sure is beautiful. Lovely pics...
Smiles:)

Brian Miller said...

i hear you on the contemplation...see al the new growth around sends my mind to wandering about my own growth. where i was this time last year verse now...

Baron's Life said...

Change is a permanent state of affairs///othewise we cannot grow

Jingle said...

the tree is greener now..
what a comparison and contrast post.
you are very mindful,
I love the photo image as much as I like your writing.
they are a perfect match!

Happy Monday!

Kath said...

What a change in your tree in just a few days! Lovely photos.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

I LOVE the green!

Absolutely Ladylike said...

Your tree is gorgeous dear Zuzana...well, we have an awful weather here in Budapest...I don't mind if it's raining but I hate the cold and strong wind...

Yesterday it was 7 degrees...can you believe it?

Happy Monday and much love to you!

Cheers: Evi

sprinkles said...

We had a beautiful weekend! Today is a bit windy with a slight chill and it's supposed to be rainy later in the week.

Your birch tree is so much greener and your bushes have filled out too! Love that cherry tree. My neighbor has one and I get to see it every time I let my dogs out.

I want to change things too. One change I hopefully CAN make! Just have to do some research first.

Rosezilla said...

I've enjoyed catching up with you. I absolutely love tulips; too hot to grow them here, but on my one and only trip to Canada, there were tulips everywhere and I thought they were so beautiful. I'm glad it is getting warmer for you. It's definitely getting warmer here. A bit too warm! But it rained today, which helped a little. The temps are between 71 and 90. We were spoiled by a cold winter and lovely spring. Thank you for your poignant post on Chernobyl too. Also, I wanted to thank you for your kind comment on my photo of me and my baby boy. My husband took that photo; it's one of my favorites. I was 20 years old. Now that baby is 28! His first daughter is due July 1st.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Zuzana,

As always, your photos are phenomenal. And you truly do give me reflections to ponder with each and every visit! Your blog title is so wonderfully apropos. I love hanging out with you here...I can breathe in the beauty, and find myself renewed...thank you! Love, Janine XO

Scribe816 said...

Saint Francis of Assisi is my patron saint, small world.
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The first step in change is overcoming the fear of failure. I would like to leave you with a saying I find helpful, “The unexplored life is not worth living.”
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Every change comes from taking one small step at a time.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for these views. What a difference a few days make. Thanks for this.

Hilary said...

It seems that our weather conditions are pretty much the same right now. Wonderful photos as always. I especially love the birch catkins on the glass table.. great perspective!

Rajesh said...

Change is inevitable. Only question is at what pace?

Claus said...

I am too experiencing an environment of changes, as rain is what's heading our way. I feel as if it washes and cleans, so the feeling is great, yet the cool and grey that comes along (despite that it turns everything green) does put a down note to it.
Your trees are beautiful!, I love the pink one especially, and hope that warm temperatures come your way very soon. Do you think, nevertheless, that the Icelandic volcano might interfere and make some weather changes?

Zuzana said...

Sandy, Susan, Cathy, Mr. Stupid, Brian, Baron's Life, Jingle, Kath, Philip, Evi, sprinkles, Rosezilla, Janine, Scribe, Sandy, Hilary, Rajesh and Claudia - thank you kindly for your wonderful comments. I enjoyed learning about your own sentiments when it comes to changes and our own capability of making them happen.

I am also so delighted to learn that you keep enjoying the progress of my Birch Tree.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, your visits mean so much.

Xoxo,
Zuzana