This morning, I feel so much better. The frost sits lightly on the ground, the sun is shining and the sky is cloudless and gloriously blue – I love Winter days like this. I noticed for the first time that the rhododendron bush in our garden has flowered once again, tricked into doing so no doubt by the unseasonably mild weather we’ve experienced here of late. A metaphor for hope I like to think; today hope is winning through and unlike yesterday, I have something tangible to hold on to. Indeed, I have two quotes sloshing around in my head that my mind continually returns to:
‘Dum spiro, spero – while I breathe, I hope.’ Latin proverb.
‘Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.’ Thich Nhat Hanh – Vietnamese monk, activist and writer.
Simple, but inspirational. Oh, and here are a couple of photographs of the rhododendron in flower: