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Your Life: Learn to hope for spring in wintry times of doubt

Charlotte Lankard: All of us find ourselves at crucial times when we are wrapped and shrouded in questions, doubts and uncertainties, and yet somewhere within us are some exclamations and affirmations that there is more to life than can be seen.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD, For The Oklahoman Published: March 11, 2014
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“We are at an ‘interrobang’ time of year — when the crocus, jonquils and dogwoods are trying their best to say spring — and everything coming at us from the Kansas and Nebraska is still trying to say winter. One moment it’s chilly and one moment it’s warm, but spring shall prevail,” wrote my friend Grady Nutt many years ago. I’ve never forgotten those words, and they resonate with me this year like never before.

An “interrobang” is a punctuation mark that can best be described as a question mark with an exclamation point on top of it.

All of us find ourselves at crucial “interrobang” points of life — times when we are wrapped and shrouded in questions, doubts and uncertainties, and yet somewhere within us are some exclamations and affirmations that there is more to life than can be seen.

Every spring I am reminded. It is a time of new beginnings and the celebration of new life. It is believing, without seeing, that there is hope for tomorrow and sunshine in our future.

It will help you in the dark times if you can believe that, but it will happen even if you don’t.

During this “interrobang” time of year while we are still wrapped in winter coats, I invite you to join me in celebrating the season and the newness and warmth that awaits us, even though today we may wonder how that can possibly be.

Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Email her at clankard@opubco.com.