Spring is upon us!

Spring, the beginning of a year and the season where wild life returns. One cannot help but feel hopeful when they feel the light spring draft caressing their cheeks and toy playfully with their hair. The season of change where the bitter snow melts and green lives emerge.

For a tropical citizen who lives in a tropical land, the beauty of the changing season is not a chapter in our diary. However whenever I think of Spring, the hallmark scenery that appears in my mind is a park , a mountain or a sidewalk lined with rows and rows of cherry blossoms trees in varied shades of pink and white. For someone that has never seen trees go beyond various shades of green and maybe some times yellow (due to drought instead of fall) , a tree full of pink flowers clustering so tightly together stirs up an incredible amount of emotions within me.

When the wind blows, a torrent of pink and white petals cascade like rain and carpets the ground. The Japanese have a beautiful name for this phenomenon – “Sakura Fubuki”. It literally means Cherry Blossom Storm. And it has got to be the most beautiful and calm form of storm I’ve ever witnessed.

Witnessing a Sakura Fubuki also stirs the philosopher in me as I ponder upon the transient nature of life in every form. While Sakura Fubuki is beautiful beyond words, every petal that falls is one less complete flower on the tree. It is undeniably a slow dance of descend and demise – pretty morbid when we look at things this way.

However if there is anything that nature has taught us, it would be choosing positivity over all else. Nature has never allowed anything to beat her down and nothing men did ever changed the tides nor the seasons – life will always find a way. What dies in autumn and gets buried in winter will rise again like a phoenix in spring.

I find comfort in the phrases below that is so ancient and yet so timeless.

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:   a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal,

Ecclesiastes 3:1-3

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