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Forgetting spring

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Spring has always been my least favorite season. Living in the Pacific Northwest, spring often feels like a bitter continuation of months of rain and dreariness. I spend a lot of spring just waiting for summer.

But this year has been different. We’ve had blue sky and relative warmth. With my second vaccine shot scheduled for next week, I sense the end of social isolation and the possibility for new connections and opportunities. I’ve found myself better noticing the things coming to life around me: starts in the garden, flowers petals in the streets, rabbits around the yard, a newfound sense of openness in others.

I often judge my life like I’ve judged spring – focused on the gray, forgetting to notice the abundance sprouting up all around, forgetting that the rain feeds the garden. What possibility, beauty, and warmth have I forgot to notice?

Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Peter is also Senior Digital Engagement Associate for the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, connecting businesses to sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham, WA, USA with his wife, son, and cat.

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