Yep! That’s what Punxsutawney Phil has predicted! Here he is checking for his shadow this morning at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania as his formally-clad onlookers are waiting with baited breath! No shadow this year, and “Glory Halleluiah!” for those of us who are looking forward to warmer weather!
I always get a kick out of Phil’s cute little mug, whiskers twitching, while accommodating the photographer for yet another photoshoot to mark this momentous occasion. And although I realize his shadow, or the lack thereof, is not a true predictor of our seasonal fate, Groundhog Day surely is a fun tradition.
While I commemorate the events and results of this Groundhog Day 2016, I am warm and comfortable in my home. Yet beyond the windowpanes of my office lay a deepening blanket of Utah’s world-famous snow. The temperature today is only expected to climb to a wintry 28°.
Our 6-inch deep quilt of quiet white will not be melting anytime soon. And although I am looking forward to warmer days ahead, I must admit that I do enjoy the beauty of a winter wonderland, complete with its protruding trunks and sticks of brown, while it lasts. I am reminded that nature is taking a rest, and what lies dormant beneath will soon be springing forth with fluorescent lime greens, brilliant yellows, and pretty pinks, purples, and blues. Vibrant new life will soon debut to play another part on the landscape’s stage.
Seasons are miraculous, really. And they are not exclusive to nature alone. We also experience seasons in our lives. Life is cyclical. Times of dormancy sometimes descend upon us. We need only remember that, when “winter” comes, it’s appropriate to step back, rest, and let what lies beneath have adequate time to prepare for “spring.”
Have you ever experienced a “dormancy” in your life cycle? What new season did you experience when it ended? Are you in a season of “winter” right now? Hang on…Punxsutawney Phil says spring is right around the corner!
Have a bright day!