Saturday, February 5, 2011

Nearer the shores of spring...

This from Henry David Thoreau's Journal (Feb.3, 1854.)

"Already we begin to anticipate spring, and this is an important difference between this time and a month ago. We begin to say that the day is springlike.

Is not January the hardest month to get through? When you have weathered that, you get into the gulfstream of winter, nearer the shores of spring."

(photo by daughter Molly)


David G. Markham said...

Henry seems a little precocious to me. March 3 would be more like it to get excited about Spring.

At any rate Phil did see his shaddow I am told. Here is Western New York it has been a hard cold winter. When th sun came out yesterday for a couple of hours, I thought I was in heaven.

I hope all is well in Boston.


David Markham

David G. Markham said...

Thoreau's metaphor "nearer the shoes of spring" has stuck with me. I found myself sharing this idea with a friend yesterday. At this time of year in the Northeast people are getting sick of winter and yearn for warmer weather. This mid February and March is when we mental heatlh professionals see an increase of depression of the Seasonal Affective Disorder variety and an increase in suicides. This season can be every heard on people with a disposition toward depression. They are in my thoughts and prayers and an object of my humble psychotherapeutic ministrations. Looking over the seasonal horizon and spotting the shores of spring begins to give us some hope of positive change. Things will get better. All you have to do is wait a few weeks. Patience, friend, patience. Let nature take her course. All will be well. Live through this dark time because better days are ahead!