Spring offers us all annual wake-up call
Spring is a celebration, especially in Buffalo. It is a time to reconnect with the mystery and emotion of being alive. As E.E. Cummings has called it, “mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.”
The future may see us pulverized by a meteor the size of Kansas, decimated by an unknown bird virus or atomized by a Kim Jong Un nuclear attack, but in spring such thoughts are heresy. It’s time to paint what needs painting, fix what is broken and clean what is dirty.
The desire for love, life and growth we feel so keenly in spring is meaningful only in the context of our involvement with other living, loving things, whether family, friends, pets or plants. It doesn’t matter if the inspiration comes from reason, religion, emotion or hormones, spring requires a response.
Kissing the spouse, hugging the kids or petting the dog are good beginnings. But before we cruise into summer, let’s pause for a moment and see if this annual wake-up call isn’t trying to lead us to a deeper understanding of ourselves and our place in the universe.
While we can’t do much about comets, viruses or crazy Korean dictators, we can and should do something to make our planet a safer and healthier place.
The Bhopals, Chernobyls and Flints of this world demonstrate that long-range thinking is not a major strength of our culture. Our fractured political landscape is a reflection of our putting value on personal opinion over the common welfare.
But spring is the time for change. If individuals can change, society will change. So, beautify something, plant a garden or a tree. Adopt another living thing, spiritually or physically. Go green, pick up garbage, walk instead of drive, use permanent grocery bags, join an environmental group.
It’s OK to be dormant in winter. But in spring, which is right around the corner, life demands to be seen, heard, felt and engaged.