A few of Butterfly Sundries’ customers recently requested an expansion to my product offerings: larger hair clips. While they loved they ones they had already purchased, they were kind enough to let me know that their preference would be for larger options. As one patron put it, she wanted a barrette which would be big enough to hold her whole ponytail. Of course, with no standard sizing system for hair clips and hair thickness (it’s all perspective), I had to do some market research.
Recently, while on a day trip with my sweetheart, I found myself momentarily overcome with feelings of sadness, loss and longing. It had been a great day- but looking out the window I was surrounded by a dark, drizzly winter day. Fog and bare trees were all around me and I longed for the warmth and color of spring. As I looked at the trees, seeing their limbs reaching for the hiding sun, I began to think of their sleeping potential- waiting for the right time to blossom.
Our lives, I believe, mirror those of the natural world around us in many ways. We go through cycles of birth, growth, death and rebirth. And for those of us sensitive to the seasons, we feel the need to hoard, hibernate and await the appointed season to reemerge refreshed and rejuvenated- ready to blossom with our potential.
Nature is beautiful. The sleeping winter trees, which have withdrawn into themselves until the time is right to bud with their potential, are beautiful in their promise. They remind me that this season of dark cold shall pass. Spring will come again and the sleeping creatures shall awaken.
If you are in your dormant state this winter, get ready. There’s hope. There is light at the end of the darkness. And, it’s almost time for you to bloom.