It’s been a bad week at work, I am glad that tomorrow is Friday and I can put it behind me. It won’t, however, be a good couple of weeks for some of my work colleagues. One of our offices had the sudden news of unexpected redundancies delivered on Monday – it has left us reeling with shock. It is such a horrible feeling of helplessness when friends are about to lose their jobs. Our office went through it last year. There is never a good time to hear this unwelcome news, we were told on the 4 January 2010, “Happy New Year, and five of you are on notice of redundancy”. It sends ripples of discontent and uncertainty throughout the troops. No matter how it is delivered, it comes like the axe that it is.
On a lighter note, we didn’t win the Lotto Triple Rollover on Wednesday either, so my plans to walk away from my job without a backwards glance and start a little garden business have gone back on the shelf for a while.
I have posted a photo of the blossom tree just outside our office. I come in and out several times a day and for days I didn’t notice it. I was feeling sad for my colleagues and it took me until today to actually see this beautiful tree in full blossom.
It is easy to lose sight of the positives in life when unpleasant things happen and these are times it is necessary to take stock of the good things that are around us. It is getting lighter each evening and those of us stuck in an office all day will soon be spending several hours after work pottering in the garden or our allotments. Winter officially ends on 17th March and the clocks go forward one hour on the 27th March – Hoorah!!
Spring is about to burst through. I took a much needed wander around my garden when I got home tonight. It’s hard to describe the excitement of noticing a previously dormant plant bursting with buds. Any gardener reading this will know exactly the emotion I am talking about. It’s a sense of relief that it has made it through the winter, coupled with joy and warmth of seeing new life.
After all these years, Spring still never ceases to amaze me. Buds appear over night and since Saturday the following has happened:-
the Clematis has sprouted leaves,
The roses are full of buds;
The Pulmonaria is bursting into life; and
the Forsythia is glowing yellow.
Now isn’t that magic and surely enough to make you want to smile? Smiling makes you feel much better about life in general. Take a walk and notice all the wonderful things that are happening at the moment. Spring has sprung – well very nearly!