Snowdrop Mysteries

Earlier this week, I posted as my Facebook status the fact that I had a very confused snowdrop blooming in my garden. Several readers of The Sustainable Soul who are also FB friends (and if you’re not, I invite you to become one)  noted that this would likely be fodder for the blog. So true! 
Poor confused snowdrop. It’s supposed to herald the arrival of earliest spring. Instead, this one decided to pop up before the first snowfall. I’ve also noticed that a few of its nearby siblings are also starting to poke a little green up from the mulch as well.  So, yes… I must write about the snowdrop.
The only question is which direction to take the blog?  I could post with righteous anger about global warming, and the lack of action from our elected leaders… nah, too political. I try not to go there from here, if you know what I mean. This is not the place for politics.  What then?
The little snowdrop is full of possibilities.  Consider these:
  • a metaphor for following one’s heart and not being afraid to “bloom” at any season of life

  • a musing on unexpected delights and serendipitous joys

  • a more serious post on life’s upheavals and the resultant spiritual confusion (said snowdrop was newly planted back in September)

  • an ecological piece, considering late autumn and early spring, finding common ground

  • a life/death/rebirth metaphor, pondering the new life and fresh green against the dying vegetation of November

  • something else entirely!

Any of these would do, and offer many suprisingly different interpretations of the biological quirk out in my flower bed. That’s one wonderful thing about having the Earth at the center of one’s spirituality. Nature offers the primary inspiration, but the interpretation is up to us. There is no guru, no teacher, no preacher, no enlightened master telling any of us what to make of the snowdrop.

The wisdom is there, offered by the Earth, but it is up to us to excavate it, wrestle with it, dream it, and bring it into being. Nature is the foundational muse. The original revelation.  Thomas Berry said that the Earth is primary, and the human, derivative.  Looking at the natural world with that in mind turns the usual human pronouncements of enlightenment and wisdom upside down, but it makes for an incredibly rich spirituality.
So, what is the snowdrop saying to you? Do share.
Photo Credit:  flickr user RemcoBoerma at

About Rebecca

Natural spirituality writer, deep thinker, mom of 3, adjunct professor, resident of Earth
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3 Responses to Snowdrop Mysteries

  1. Kittie Howard says:

    Enjoyed your blog…I think your snowdrop is a musing on life's unexpected delights…from a person's perspective; however, the flip side might be a snowdrop's sorrow at having to bloom too early and not be a spring musing…

  2. Debra She Who Seeks says:

    The little snowdrop is saying, "WTF? It's supposed to be SPRING out here!" It's been a long week. That's about as profound as I can get!

  3. Rebecca Hecking says:

    Thanks, you two. When I read Kittie's comment, I thought how good it is to be able to hold contradictory possibilities in one's mind… and how doing so can open the heart, and lead to greater compassion for others who think differently than we do (which is not easy!)

    Then… I read Debra's comments. ROFLMAO is all I have to say about that.

    I love it. As funny as the comment is, it's also honest and very "real" if you know what I mean. Go get some sleep Debra. :-)

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