Spring Returns: April Challenge


Spring Returns: April Challenge

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never Is, but always To be blest.
The soul, uneasy, and confin’d from home, 
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.”
~Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man

It finally feels like spring in the Mid-Atlantic states. Truthfully, there were few days in the middle of winter when it actually felt a little little like spring, but we all knew that was a ruse. Nice try, Winter.

For me, spring is a big deal.  I don’t do well with winter.  I’m good through January, but without fail I hit a wall around mid-February. Many cold winter mornings I wake up and look out at the brown bare trees and remind myself, “Just hold on. Winter always ends. Spring will come again.”

If the grieving heart is paying attention, it can find a lot of comfort in the growth and new life of spring. Symbols of hope and strength are everywhere. Personally though, I find the reminder that spring will always return, no matter how dark, dismal and cold the winter, to be of greatest consolation.

April Photo Collaboration

This month’s photo challenge is simple and perhaps a little obvious. Here’s what you have to do – grab your camera, go outside, and photograph symbols of hope, comfort, and strength.

Don’t dismiss this prompt because you feel negative and we’re asking you to see positivity.  Sometimes you just have to force yourself to see the light and to stay mindful to the things that remind you that there is good in the world. Here are a few thoughts on how to approach this prompt.

Photograph words and quotes to inspire:

Photograph things that make you smile:

Photograph symbols of hope, strength, and peace:

How to participate:

You can participate in this challenge in a number of ways.

Submit to the April Gallery: You can submit your photograph with a description straight to the April Collective Gallery.  By submitting here your photo will automatically be displayed as a post that you can share with family and friends.

Submit to Instagram: We encourage you to share your photographs with us on Instagram.  Please tag us in the photo @whatsyourgrief and use the hashtag #springreturns

Facebook: You may also share straight to the PhotoGrief Facebook page.  Please share with the hashtag #springreturns so we know that you’re sharing as a part of the challenge.

Just as a reminder, at the end of the month we collect a few of our favorite submissions and share them in a post, so make sure to provide your name or to tell us how you would like to be credited.

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