It’s that time of year again.
For some it’s just a nuisance to change all the clocks in the house. Springing forward, we say so we can remember to set the clocks one hour ahead rather than back an hour as we do in the fall. Some communities in Canada have kiboshed the whole idea and refuse to touch their clocks. Me? I don’t mind the task at all, in fact I welcome it. I putter around the house two times a year setting the clocks forward or back praising God for the change in seasons. Time change in Spring signals longer days of sunshine to enjoy evening barbecues with family, campfire talks, the look ahead to warmer days and summer fun. In the fall, it’s all about hibernating, luxuriating in shorter days, cozy nights and winter solace.
Last year, I did not get a chance to really enjoy the Spring or Summer, being in the heat of my cancer battle. I was still in the throes of the battle leading up to Christmas, but this year I am celebrating living cancer free once again, and participating whole heartedly in the change of seasons.
My husband and I have spent a week in beautiful Victoria on Vancouver Island. The cherry blossoms were just starting to bloom and daffodils, crocuses and snow drops were everywhere. It was mainly a visiting trip, connecting with family there. We are planning a more extended time on the island in September, but for me this trip was one glorious week of celebrating LIFE!
I watched with fascination a bald eagle soaring high over Langford Lake, and felt such a sense of gratitude that I was there, experiencing the beauty, the life, the love of family surrounding me, I nearly wept with joy. In the heat of my cancer battle, I wasn’t sure I’d experience Spring in Victoria again. Yet, here I was mesmerized by the flight and magnificence of an eagle overhead. I felt like breaking out in song, “How Great Thou Art!”
Coming back to snowy Alberta, unlike previous times when I lamented leaving the temperate weather on the island to returning to winter weather, I fully embraced the homecoming. It is the return to routine, to normalcy, to everyday life, enjoying each day, fully in the moment.
If I lament anything, it is the fact I had to experience cancer AGAIN to enjoy living life to the fullest. Embracing the “one day at a time” mentality, I see the world through different eyes. It’s important for me to take time to smell the roses or cherry blossoms, as the case may be, as well as catch snowflakes on my tongue as I’m doing today! It’s taking time each day to praise God for giving me life through Jesus Christ His Son. It is being mindful to walk humbly in His Creation, and continuously thanking Him for each new day and not taking it all for granted.