Last week I came home to find my yard full of red robins. About 50 of them at least. And the fact that it was about 30 degrees outside didn’t seem to bother them.
Every year for at least the past 7 years or so, my son and I have always sent each other a text message whenever one of us sees the “first robin of Spring”. It has become a little ritual of sorts for us, and it always brings a smile to my face.
Generally it has been a warmish, sunny day, on or around the first day of Spring. But this year the robins made an early appearance, which really delighted me because I am seriously averse to cold weather and am SO ready for Spring.
This year, my text message to my son said, “FIFTY robins in the yard!”
And I’ve been pondering the robins, the Winter, the coming of Spring and everything that metaphor might hold ever since.
Robins are the heralds of Spring, and a symbol of new beginnings.
In times past Spring marked the beginning of the year. The Roman calendar began with the Ides of March (March 15th), between the 12th century and 1752 March 25th was the day the year changed in England and Ireland, the Persian New Year begins at the Spring Equinox, just to name a few examples. And of course we have many religious and traditional ritual celebrations connected with Spring, and the concept of rebirth, and new beginnings – along with all of the attendant symbols that represent new life and change (eggs, flowers, bees, butterflies, etc.)
So the thing that keeps coming up for me right now is the whole concept of “newness” that Spring brings. To me, Spring, just intuitively feels like the perfect place to have a “new beginning”.
Of course, Spring arrives after the cold, dark Winter. Those beautiful sprouts that finally push their way up through the hard soil have been down there in the cold, damp, dirt…strugging to fight their way up to the light of day, and having to deal with nasty bugs and worms.
That’s like life sometimes, yes? Our growth often happens in the cold, dark, lonely places. Places full of struggle and very little light. And then…suddenly Spring arrives. We see a bit of “light” – we get really clear about something we want (or something we no longer want to tolerate), our hope returns, and we feel new somehow.
What part of your life would you like to create anew? Health, Love, Money, Relationships, Career…or maybe just a new attitude, a new perspective, a new “you”, or a clean closet.
Something small, like a new habit or hobby? Or something big, like a new home or job or relationship? Or something in between?
I’d love to hear what you’d like to create anew this Spring, leave me a comment below and let’s talk about it!
Love & Magic (and red robins!),
P.S. Whatever you’d like to create anew, I’m throwing a virtual party so we can create it together…
It’s a FREE 3-day Virtual garden party, and you are invited!
(Fancy hats and Faerie crowns are optional but highly recommended!)
“Robin on Ice” photo credit: Tina Phillips