Outside there’s a colourful riot of flowers cherry and pink blossoms and the joyful Springtime chorus of our birds. Out there drunk and disorderly, cheeky Tuis dangle from Kowhais sucking the nectar from the trees’ golden flowers.
I do love this long awaited time of the year especially this year when dreary winter lingered too long. But now, all this fresh, lush growth and new life got me thinking about the parallels between nature and creativity, and the natural cycle of the seasons.
Sometimes our creativity is just flourishing and at other times it feels as if it has gone underground. But Spring, more than other seasons, highlights Nature’s diversity. Fresh thinking emerges and thrives. I feel revitalised by the changes like the heady perfume of jasmine and the incense of wisteria – almost intoxicating in the Spring sunshine.
Our feel-good hormones and creative juices are aroused by certain smells, which are pleasing and often associated with positive memories. Among other things, the season brings:
Happy accidents – with its unplanned flowers and shrubs peeping through in unexpected places – including the paved footpath. Creativity also promotes those special ‘ah ha!’ realisations at unexpected times and places. Spring frees our clogged minds and sets our imaginations free.
Juxtapositions – these reflect the creative process, as dormant ideas spring to life with new insights and solutions. Spring helps marshal nascent thoughts and ideas into both form and shape. We begin again to explore and discover more about ourselves and our world.
Joy – Last but not least, Spring lifts our spirits leaving behind sodden months, preparing us for sunshine – and hope!