Impermanence and Spring10:57:00 AM
A few years ago I was sitting in a coffee shop, drinking Mexican cold chocolate and reading National Geographic magazines. It sounds trendier than it was. Anyway, something that I read in one of the magazines caught my eye and I haven't ever forgotten it. The article was about Cherry Blossom trees in Japan and it talked about a word that the Japanese use in reference to those trees. The word is "mujo" and it means, roughly, the bitter-sweet impermanence of things. Now the term isn't always in reference to nature, it goes back to a Buddhist idea that everything is in constant flux but for me it is a word I only associate with Spring. I tell Kory constantly (he's probably sick of it) how beautiful I think Provo is when Spring has just begun and everything is freshly blossomed. I told myself over and over again 'I have to get a picture' because every year it comes and goes so fast, this year I wanted to remember. One day while Kory and I were on our way to my parent's house I remembered that my camera was in the car and started snapping. Another day I took a back road to the store and saw a fresh field of newly blossoming trees. I pulled over to watch. So did two other cars. I think that maybe what's so great about spring is that every year when it comes I'm surprised again by how beautiful it is.