Is Spring Springing? And What the Hummingbird Says…

Okay, I admit it…I am a terrible blogger!  I go on spurts and then I get sidetracked with life and okay, I am writing a book!  And filming many of those interviews that will go in the book and on the website, so there’s that, too…but I promised at the beginning of the year that I would be better at this blogging bit and I will continue to keep the faith that I will become regular so thank you for hanging with me on this.  To give you a brief update, this week I interviewed the lovely singer Billie Myers, brilliant actress Bronagh Gallagher, and television producer, Vin Di Bona (America’s Funniest Home Videos creator)…interesting stuff…and we have scheduled interviews with Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia – hello?  I think I read a Wiki entry just about every day!) and Nell Newman of Newman’s Own Organics.  I have a wonderful new assistant, Noel Nicholas, and my first speaking engagement for Epiphany with the beautiful and amazing Ariane de Bonvoisin is happening at the end of March (you can click on the link to read more and I will also post something about that later) … so, anyway, things are clicking right along.  More on all of that later…below is just a musing I had this morning and a quote I found that I find particularly beautiful…

Today is a day in Los Angeles where it feels like spring is on its way…I can open my window in my office and look out onto the huge pine and foliage next door and not even feel like I’m in a city.  It reminds me of last spring and summer when every day I would take a break and stand at this window and watch hummingbirds do their work.  I thought I might have seen one today, though the flowers aren’t out yet, so it seems unlikely – it was probably my wishful thinking… I love hummingbirds because they seem to me to be sort of modern-day fairies.  They’re just somewhat ethereal in nature the way their wings are invisible as they hover and jet around, and their very delicate tiny-ness takes my breath away.

I know many of you or most of you are in cold places right now, still dealing with the tendrils of winter…but that is the beauty of the seasons and cycles in life, I suppose — just when you think you can’t possibly take another minute of it…the sun comes out, the birds start chirping, some green starts peeking out of the bark and the ground, and a hummingbird appears even when there are no flowers to be found…

hang in there with whatever cycle or season you might be going through, and wishing you an early and gorgeous spring…

Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time,

carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration.

The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich,

beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning

and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.

If this were going in my book, this would be the quote:


Life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning

and laughter is life’s sweetest creation.

- the Hummingbird

About Elise Ballard

Elise Ballard is the author of Epiphany! a book of inspirational stories, aha moments and exclusive interviews from Random House Publishing
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