Winter’s Magic, an Active Choice!

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Amaryllis Magic

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

Lewis Carrol

We are in it — 9 degrees today with a touch of snow. It is somehow magical to watch the seasons evolve, especially when we can slow down enough to really see what is happening. Seeing and being in the beauty of it all is a choice, sometimes a courageous choice to say no to the busyness, slow down and just BE for awhile.

 January was a crazy busy month of creating my own ‘You Make It Happen’ workshop (making it happen), starting a new spring semester at IPFW and helping a friend get through an intense professional push. For February, I am setting the intent to slow down and enjoy Winter’s beauty, each and every day choosing to see winter’s magic.

As I look out onto the very cold day, the beautiful amaryllis blossom is part of the view. While I love flowers in summer, this is my first amaryllis for the winter season. This is her third blossom and I am so amazed! Actually, I am  amazed by the whole process — plant this big bulb in the late fall, then watch as large stems emerge and bright and vibrantly colorful blossoms burst forth. 

Buying the dry and rather nondescript bulb last fall was a great choice that has brought us lots of wonder as it opened and unfolded into this huge, vibrant flower, almost like magic! It is amazing how small, simple choices bring us such joy later! What a gift!

Blessings and have a lovely winter’s day!

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