Positive Diary #24 – Seemingly intact nature’s cycles

12th January – I know this last year was hard in so many different ways. But when I look outside, the Nature seems to be herself more than usual. So, let me talk a little bit about that today and express how grateful I am for seeing the snowy clouds outside for more than just a couple of days.

The last couple of years were super-hot. There used to be no spring at all (which is one of my most favorite). Instead, the long snow-less winters used to hop into hot summer days with no efforts and we had to go from one day wearing winter jackets to the next with short skirts and sweaty shirts.

The summers used to be extremely dry and hot during those past few years, making it almost impossible to go outside and actually enjoy the time. No raindrops for long weeks, even months.

The autumns were, I must confess, superb, as always. I realized how much I love autumns, I felt the potential of their energy in my bones and let this season to lift me up, always. I guess it was a result of me hiding for the entire length of the summer and when I put foot outside at the beginning of September, it felt like I was being reborn.

But the autumn is always too short for me and it used to be followed by cold, gloomy, melancholic and snow-less winters. No joy from that, it was like waking up into the same dull nightmare every day. Winter without snow is just cold. There are no leaves, no blossoms, almost no light to cheer you up.

And then, the last year came.

In a sense of weather, it was perfect here in Czech Republic. Exactly as I remember it from childhood. The spring was long, everything blossomed but the temperature outside was lower for the extended period of time, which meant no head covers and sun protection creams for me as my body usually don’t react really well on the heat and the Sun rays.

The year then slowly shifted to a beautiful summer. Still hot but not as much as in the previous years. Thanks to that, we were able to survive home officing from our attic bedroom. I am still not a fan of summer but during the last year, it was survivable. And then, then the autumn came! Full of vibrant colors and seemingly bottomless energy on which I could tap and use it for my projects and for my own regeneration.

When the winter came, I was carefully optimistic. After such a year of brilliant cyclic beauty of Mother Nature’s gifts, is it, maybe, possible we will get to see some snow in the winter again? And oh my, yes! It has been snowing, with breaks, of course, for the last several weeks and I am in love with this.

The amount feels just right for the water to be able to soak up into the soil, just enough for kids experiencing snowball fight or creating a snowman, just right for us to take a walk in a snowy forest and take as many photos as possible.

I am just in awe when tuning on to Nature’s cycles once again and I feel as grateful as I can for being able to experience these gifts of her once more.

To snowy winters, my friends!

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The Positive Diary #17 – Spring, here and now

12th April – I know. This year started with many obstacles. For many people around the world, this has been a nightmare. And still is. Whether you lost someone to the virus, or you are struggling with money during the time when everything is closed in order to slow down the pace of virus’s spreading, I feel for you and I am truly sorry you have to go through this.

For me, personally, my biggest fear coming from the current pandemic situationis a worry about losing freedom, losing basic human rights, and relying on politicians who can easily bring us back to the dark ages.And for a long time… But I don’t want to talk about it now. Maybe, I will get back to it soon. This space is dedicated to enjoying bits of happiness, focusing on the things we need to be grateful for, even in the darker times. For me, this situation, when we are all being forced to stay at home, has brought many benefitsas well.

And today, I want to talk about the most basic one. It is one of the things which our profit-centered, capitalistic society is stealing away from usand also, one of the things we can fully appreciate now, when we are not allowed to chase after money and business-importance every day. There is quite few of those stolen aspects of life and I hope I will get back to all of them soon. Today, I want to talk about spring.

How many times in the last couple of years you felt the desperate need for summer, for spring, for sun rays, at the end of a long winter? It is always there. We are forced to sit in the office, the blinds on the windows are closed because we wouldn’t see on the monitors otherwise, and the day light is so rare. We are thirsty for vitamin D; we are thirsty for light; we are thirsty for fresh air. Right? But then, when the spring finally sprouts, we are still forced to live our fast, meaningless lives and before we know it, the spring is gone.

I don’t know about you, but for me, spring is undoubtedly the most favorite season of a year. Those smells, those colors, those sounds! I think I can be forever in love with spring. Everything is fresh and new and you yourself can clean up some things inside you that have been bothering you for some time. Especially for those, who are not entirely disconnected from nature herself, it is a time of new beginnings, new adventures, new reconnections, because this is how it goes naturally, outside of our human world as well.

If I say our civilization deprived us of spring, I’m not exaggerating that much. But now, the situation is different. Even the privileges of our civilization had to step aside and the concern over public health took over. And since we now prioritize our collective health, why won’t we include this? Spring. Going outside, even with the mask on, for a walk between the fields, to the forest, sitting on a garden, balcony or even just next to an opened window; and seeing all the leaves sprouting out, hearing all those bees and bumblebees, being able to smell the blossoming cherry trees – that is something almost invaluable in terms of our usual way of thinking. For me, it even makes up for the canceled vacation we were supposed to take off to in one week.

I am not saying the world situation is easy right now, I know it is not. But I am grateful for the lemonade I can make from those lemons life is throwing at us. Focusing on the better side of things will help us to make it through the tough times, let’s not forget that. That is why I am hoping to restore my positive diary writings and to add even more value to my blogs.

After all, it is spring. The time of new beginnings and new reconnections.

So, if you can, enjoy this time and make the most out of it!

 

Yours,

Wicked and clever

Šárka

 

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