Bring On The Changes

A Robin and Gorse flowers
A Robin and Gorse flowers

There’s quite a bit of symbolism in today’s picture. Because we’ve just marched fearlessly into a brand new year, naturally, we expect it to be bigger and better than last year – we’re like that, aren’t we?
So, here we are, a week into the uncharted territory of 2017 and what? Well, so far – for me anyway, it turns out that this side of the border is pretty much like the countryside we know so well – back there in 2016.
Back to the symbolism. The Robin may look like a refugee from a used Christmas card, but he is a survivor. For him/her the year ahead is always one massive challenge. Starting now he/she must establish control over a large enough area to attract a mate, build a nest, lay eggs, raise chicks and never for one moment relax his/her vigilance. He/She has started singing already – he/she is pretty upbeat about the whole thing.
The gorse bush has produced a few flowers. Edward Bach believed that gorse could help people who believed they were beyond help. OK we’re only a few days into the year – so it may be a bit too soon to feel beyond help.
But, here we are – a Robin and Gorse – it’s going to be a struggle, but we have to believe that it’s all going to be worth it.
Perhaps we should start singing, too?

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