Let There Be Greenery

Springtime renewal brings about an abundance of green, new growth which inspires new experiences and memories.


I am always amazed and impressed when suddenly over just a few days my backyard becomes an explosion of green. Plants with their bright green shoots thrusting up from the soil. Buds bursting into green leaves. It all screams new life!

Appreciating new life is important. It helps us to see that renewal is part of the cycle of life. Seasons happen in nature, but also through the years of our existence.

After Hard Times Comes Renewal

As sure as the sun rises and sets we also have ups and downs in our life journey. It is inevitable. And the hard times, as difficult as they may be, can help us grow. We deal with challenges and face our fears and just like the long cold winter if we persevere we may experience a spring-like rebirth.

In the midst of struggles I do not usually enjoy the experience. I don’t like pain and I also can easily get distressed or discouraged when things don’t go according to plan. Of course, what I mean by that is when things don’t go the way I want them to.

The life lesson that usually results from facing life’s challenges is that we are more resilient than we might think.

I’ve bounced back from many hard times. And I certainly have grown as a result. In order to appreciate that I must keep my memory green. There is nothing wrong with reminiscing about past experiences, including the tough times. The key is to view them with clarity, a willingness to grow, and with a bit of grace. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

To Thine Own Self Be True

You have probably heard the expression, “To thine own self be true.” It’s a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. That’s advice for the ages. And it certainly is important in memoir writing.