Journey into February hope

In the Southern Hemisphere February is a summer month the equivalent of August. The month is named for the Latin word februum which means purification. Together with January, it was the last of the months added to the Roman calendar. The largest American sporting event of the year, the Super Bowl, is held in February.

February is a month when the Winter starts to wane. Spring shoots start to ease into life, golden breaths of daffodils come to the surface and purple royal crocuses. Buds bursting out on trees announcing new life and beauty.

Spring is possibly the season of hope. It is a breath of new life and symbolic of a true new fresh start. Hope is served at us from all over; sky and land. And the lengthening days are a lift to the spirits.

The environment is so important. Winter can be a time when people can struggle due to the short days and lack of light. Spring’s arrival offers longer days and a beautiful freshening up off the world with the arrival of bounteous buds and flowers.

So today’s recipe for hope is the promise of Spring a new season. It is walking and looking at the plants appearing in gardens or parks. Take some time, gaze at some flowers. And if you are lacking in hope then the change of season shows that everything can change. Have hopeful February X

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