Green is my favorite color.
As I write this on a Spring morning in Louisiana, I realize I love green because it symbolizes renewal and growth and reminds me that life unfolds in just the right way.
Every tree, bush and vine is bursting forth in our neighborhood. The enticing colors of Louisiana Spring accompany tender green leaves, the result a joyful picture. The jasmine climbs on the mailbox in a burst of yellow with a delicious scent. The purple wisteria is so lovely and smells so good that I want to linger in the porch swing and drink it in. An afternoon rainstorm brings a whiff of the sweet olive shrub near the patio. Little white bouquets cover our bridal wreath bush.
Perhaps the most inspiring symbol for me is a fig tree behind my writer’s cottage. We planted the tree in memory of my mother, who tended a large fig tree in the yard of the home where I grew up and loved fig preserves.
On this tree, a small bud appears, hardly bigger than a pin against a brown branch. It unfurls into a tiny leaf, about the size of one of our granddaughter’s Barbie-doll shoes. And then it opens fully, as though holding its face up to the sunlight. Later – but not for a while – it will bear fruit. Today this tree is spring green, a bright new color that makes me smile.
But each of these green miracles offers a lesson about the rhythm of life. No matter how hard I try or how much I push, some things cannot be rushed. And they last only as long as they are meant to last.
I am reminded to savor each moment because life changes quickly. I’m encouraged to anticipate possibilities.
When the brown of winter slowly breaks forth into the green of spring, there is, indeed, a time for everything.
How about you? Do you ever rush things?
Slow down and take a fresh look at the green world around you. Choose a plant in your yard or in a park. Watch it this spring. Consider your own life and how you might be renewed.
I’d love to hear from you about what you notice. Happy springtime from Louisiana!