I love the transitions that April brings, when finally –finally– the plants come alive. Willow buds and plum blossoms stand out vibrant against the dark rain clouds. It’s a sign that things are moving forward. But April is also a time to look back, full of anniversaries such as:
- Birthdays: So many of my friends, family, and acquaintances have their birthdays in April. Sometimes we celebrate more than one on the same day.
- Centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge: On April 9th, Canadian soldiers successfully stormed the stronghold of Vimy Ridge. Many also consider that victory a mark of Canada’s coming of age.
- Passover: Passover may be the oldest celebration I know of, and carries significance for Jews and Christians alike. This year Passover aligns with Holy Week, which brings us to…
- Resurrection Sunday: How great is our death-conquering God! ‘I will not boast in anything- No gifts, no power, no wisdom. But I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection!’
Many of these highlights evoke sacrifice, but they reinforce that the loss was to make way for the gain- even gain still to come. That’s the thing about milestones. They are not just for looking back- they’re for looking back with the now and the future in mind.
April is also the month I launched To be a Shennachie. It’s only one year, but for me this is a milestone. I’ve learned to not only create something, but afterwards to set it loose. It’s still a little intimidating, but it’s also inspiring- to realize that it can be done after all. I am further inspired whenever someone shows an interest in what I have to share. Little by little, I am learning to be more intentional with what I create. I look forward to seeing where this journey leads.