Growing up back east where winter was sometimes severe and it seemed like the snow was going to last forever, I always looked forward to springtime. I can remember going to church on Easter Day and seeing beautiful potted hyacinths lining the walkway to the church. If the weather had been nice and the snow was gone, there might even be some flowers growing in the garden and the grass might be green and pretty. Some years it would still be cold on Easter and there might even still be snow, but the hyacinths would still be there to herald spring.
Living in San Francisco I don't see large changes in the weather and so the fact that today is the first day of spring might now seem like a big deal, but it is. Spring is newness. Spring is rebirth. Spring always offers hope. Looking at beautiful flowers today will most certainly remind me of all the good there is and all the good that is yet to come and that is always a big deal. For my friends back east who have endured a pretty harsh winter, it might even be a bigger deal!
Yes, spring is here. Let us be happy. Let us go forward making each day a little better than the one before, both for ourselves and for all those around us.