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It’s ok to feel the spring blues

We are passed the equinox, the time when day and night are equal, and the clocks have shifted forward. The mornings feel so much longer and full of birdsong. Our parks and woods are becoming greener and filled with flowers and blossom. This means the dark days of winter firmly over, and as a result we all feel so much better and full of energy. We find it much easier to spring out of bed and face the world. Don’t we? I personally think that there is a little bit too much pressure to feel ‘springy’. I notice it because, even though I appreciate the longer days, I still feel a little tired and not particularly full of energy. It is great to celebrate spring, but we must remember not to put pressure on ourselves if we do not feel totally revived after the equinox! And at the same time, I think there is always a pressure to hide our bad mood. But why not have a celebration of it instead? If everyone would gather up and go for a

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Earlier signs of spring

When did you see your first snowdrop? The first Wild Ways Well group of the year was out in the middle of January and we were lucky to see them already! Apparently, the dingle-dangles didn’t use to flower before February during the 1950s and 1960s. This leads us to reflect about the climate changing around us. We hear about big weather disasters in other countries, we worry about the polar bears and we might feel vulnerable in the face of the floods happening in our country. I find this all a little bit head-spinning. However, as much as I love looking at the bigger picture, I find it also very useful to zoom in and look at my own situation. It is really something to acknowledge one’s own potential for power. As Gandhi said, “the ocean has no existence if the drop has not”.  I am always inspired by people’s courage and ingenuity. We all have a role and an effect on our planet, our environment, our community and our family. We can be the little drop that is part