Innerweave: The Wholeness Story
By Wil Alexander, PhD, Professor of family medicine, School of Medicine
On our walk yesterday, with the neighbor’s dog pulling us along in our olderliness, we passed a curbside lilac tree, just now blooming with its own unique pungent smell. For me it is the first sign of spring, a so welcome spring; like springs I have remembered for so many years. C.S. Lewis in The Grand Miracle, describes it for me this year:
“To be sure, it feels wintry enough still; but often in the very early spring it feels like that. … The spring comes slowly down this way; but the great thing is that the corner has been turned. There is, of course, this difference, that in the natural spring the crocus cannot choose whether it will respond or not. We can. We have the power either of withstanding the spring, and sinking back into cosmic winter, or of going on into those ‘high midsummer pomps’ in which our leader, the Son of Man, already dwells, and to which He is calling us. It remains with us to follow or not, to die in this winter, or to go on into that spring and that summer.”
Time to stop, feel springy, and smell the lilacs!