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International Day of Happiness

March 20, 2017 by

Today is not only the first day of spring, but the lesser-known “International Day of Happiness.” I actually think those titles are synonymous. But because our Australian summer is drawing to a close – March 1 was the first day of autumn here – I asked my sister Hanna, who lives in the United Kingdom, to send me her thoughts about spring in words and pictures.

Enjoy Hanna’s vivid slideshow and read what she wrote me, words inspired by the sun-lit white crocus in the first photo:

As winter recedes and spring approaches, the thing most of us watch and wait for is the new splash of color, especially if you live in a place where everything is white, grey, and brown for five months. Luckily here in England the coming of spring flowers starts in January and increases in number and brilliance as the months go on.
What I have come to appreciate the most at this time of year is the coming of light. That slow transformation that starts progressively earlier and earlier as the days go by is not only a sign of spring but of new life.
One of my favorite songs that we’re singing often now in the pre-Easter season is “Now the Green Blade Riseth.” The poetry reflects what I see happening around me in the natural world and is the perfect metaphor for a healing heart:
When our hearts are wintry, grieving or in pain,
Thy touch can call us back to life again;
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.

For more of Hanna’s stunning photography, read about out her visit to Israel last year.

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Norann Voll

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Norann Voll lived in New York’s Hudson Valley until moving to the Danthonia Bruderhof in New South Wales, Australia in 2002...

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