Recently, I came across a statement that Leo Tolstoy made:
“Spring is the time for plans and projects”
These words resonated with me. Each spring, I have the tendency to start to make plans for the upcoming year. Christmas has come and gone, winter is starting to move on, the days are getting longer and I start to get restless. In the past and before I had children, I used to start looking into the possibility of an extended travel to some part of the world that I had never been. Now that I have kids, it is simply starting to think about what to do with them for the summer holidays. Oh sure, there have been times that my plans were a bit more local, like whether I should sign up for a yoga class or not. However, as the snowdrops appeared, my own soil started to germinate shoots of ideas. It has always been my cycle.
This year feels different, though. Nothing is jumping out at me. I am busy with my research for the MSc, working for the Mindfulness Association and my summer holiday will follow the usual pattern of heading to my cabin in Northern Canada. Somehow, the need to plan has escaped me. While this is a new feeling for me, I am happy to sit with it. My plate is full and rather than scan the horizon looking for more, I will let it be.
Perhaps this new attitude is influenced by the words of one of our tutors: Vin Harris. In our monthly teaching, he explores the benefits of ‘getting out of one’s way’. Vin explains that, in many cases, once we get out of our own way and ‘do nothing’, (for me, this might mean holding off from planning), much gets done. So, in the spirit of refrain, I will get out of my own way, avoid plans for the distant future and see what unfolds. Indeed, even the snowdrops know how to do this.