There is a beautiful universal gift that Easter brings, regardless of one's religious beliefs, and that is the gift of renewal.
Easter and it's coordinated season of Spring give us all permission to start fresh. It's a time for us to let go of old habits, beliefs, grief and grievances. It is a time for hope, newness, fresh ideas and perspectives.
We see flowers opening and grass get greener. The birds return to our backyards to build their nests and start new families. Buds on trees and shrubs become brave enough to show themselves again.
Humans feel inspired to be outdoors and exercise. That means dogs get to go for longer walks. The squirrels and rabbits seem freer and happy to have warmer temperatures.
It's also a time to clean up the grime leftover from winter and begin to think about picnics, hikes and vacations.
Motorcycles and convertibles are on the road again. Kids have the end of the school year on their minds.
People seem to smile more and find inspiration to do more in their lives. Moods lighten and people connect more.
It is one of my favorite times of the year, primarily because the impact of this season seems to touch most people. When many of us are aligned with stepping into a season of renewal, beautiful things happen.
What renewal is taking place within you?