The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year, but that we should have a new soul.
~ G.K. Chesterton
In the blink of an eye, another year has come and gone. The Earth is changing. Could we be too? Here in Cow Bay, we had our share of the extreme weather that made headline news across Canada in 2010. Numerous storm surges caused flooding along the coast while high winds brought down tall trees.
Still, there was much to be thankful for.
A mild winter and very early spring made hearts light. The warm summer that followed brought gorgeous blooms and amazing tree growth. When fall’s leaves finally turned, many welcomed the cool, fresh air on the tails of a wicked September heat wave. This winter has been very mild with little snowfall to date. Surely cold and snow are lurking just beyond the corner of the new year.
Though we may not have any control over the weather, we do have control over our response to it. As weather patterns continue to change in the year ahead, I wonder how we will respond both individually and collectively. Will we become smarter planners like the ants, or more likely to sing in the sun while it’s shining like the grasshoppers? Perhaps a little of both.
Natural phenomena and the effect of Nature on the spirit were frequent topics among my posts in 2010. I especially enjoyed writing about Nature’s potential to teach, comfort and inspire:
A few posts even made it to the front page of WordPress in 2010.
- Don’t Clear Your Woodlands!
- Nova Scotia Celebrates Earth Day with a Bounty on Coyotes
- The Delicate Shore
Deforestation, aggressive coyotes and our vulnerable coastline will continue to be concerns in the year ahead. However, regardless of what Nature has in store for us in 2011, we will always have much to be thankful for, including one another. Happy new year and happy trails to all in 2011!
All are but parts of one stupendous whole, whose body Nature is, and God the soul.
~ Alexander Pope