“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”
― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
Spring has sprung and showing signs of new shoots. Spring cleaning living accommodation can be arduous but satisfying so the same can also be applied to couples and their relationships.
Over winter, with the sometimes tense gathering of families at Christmas, New Year, birthdays and indoor life, things can need re configuring to make them feel more peaceful. We need peace even in a group in order to carry out whatever choices we have made in life.
With our social, family and work companions, we need ways to make social intercourse feel free and flowing. In winter those interactions can become clogged and uneasy. Spring with all its energy can teach us about warmth, new growth, pruning old and tired stems, sowing wildflower seeds (this could be deemed as taking a risk) and changing plants around to create a better scene.
A walk in Spring as a couple or as a family can help to awaken our minds to new ideas. To look at each other and see how we can alter things which have felt monotonous in order to freshen our lives. Moving furniture around, trying a new class together, encouraging children or ourselves to try a new sport or to learn a new instrument. Cook together or choose a different nights for each family member to be in charge of the shopping, cooking and serving the meal. Wash up together while talking about everyone’s experiences during the day. Listen to or share the difficulties faced and give or receive energy to meet the next day.
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”[Meditations Divine and Moral]”
― Anne Bradstreet, The Works of Anne Bradstreet
“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ― Mark Twain