Nature Does Not Hurry

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Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~ Lao Tzu

The weather has been mercurial this past week.  Days of sub zero temperatures followed by springlike warmth.

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We were hit with snow on Monday afternoon.  By Tuesday morning, it had turned to sleet and freezing rain.

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Our little spot of the world was encased with ice, sheathing every branch, stone and lingering reminder of summer days.

And yet, that soon changed, as the temperature slowly rose and the sleet turned to rain.  Within hours, every last vestige of our winter wonderland was washed away, leaving us once more with a landscape of gray and browns.

Winter reminds me of these words from Lao Tzu.  It nudges me {even sometimes, in its harshness, forces me} to slow down, to pause, to embrace this season of dormancy.  It reminds me that life is too short to hurry through.  Spring will come soon enough.  In the meantime I plan to marvel at how ice can make a sculpture from winter berries and frost can create etchings across the window pane.

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Sharing Nurturing Thursday with Becca.