Our Awareness of the seasons becomes more acute as we grow older. When the barrenness of winter disappears with spring, the sweet essence of the blossoming buds and leaves on both flowers and trees, awakens our senses.
Then summer arrives, and we welcome the warmth of the sun and the longer days. Our gratitude for the beauty of nature is enhanced when fall transforms the greenery of summer into the brilliancy of orange, red and, yellow colors.
Finally, the brightly decorated Christmas tree, with the pungent smell of pine and evergreen emanating throughout the house, causes us to welcome winter. And we rejoice that the new year is coming.
And so the cycle is now complete, and we face a new beginning as we greet the new year. The choices we have are infinite. All the days of the year now passed are part of history. But we gladly anticipate accepting the challenges that will come with this new year.
Our days are numbered. Yet, the seasons will continue their yearly cycle throughout eternity. But we, in the time allotted each of us, should commit ourselves to bettering our lives in the days ahead. We mustn't give up. Despite our mortality, we must with enthusiasm follow through, and make our resolutions realities.
Wishing you Health, Happiness and Prosperity in 2012
Laura Leeder, Watercolor Artist