Who cannot rejoice at the first sign of daffodils or tulips pushing through the earth as the sun’s rays warm the soil. It as much psychological as physical. The renewal that we experience each Spring is always a sign of hope, of change. Green is promise of better things to come — flowers, blossoms, fruits, vegetables, crops to feed us, and beauty to overwhelm us. After the gray of winter, our bodies need the rays of sunshine as much as the earth does. It’s funny how we are creatures of our planet as much as the other life that grows here.
It’s not surprising that the shamrock is the symbol of Ireland. Never have I seen a country so green — the rolling fields and hills partitioned by the natural stone walls are nearly luminescent. It is the fullest expression of the color, its lush verdancy thrown like a blanket over the countryside. (I’m sure there are other places on earth as green and lush — I just haven’t seen them.)
No doubt this perfect vision of a green rolling landscape is what inspires the Green movement and the broad worldwide environmental movement. Early environmentalists like Henry David Thoreau believed nature had a profound impact on man’s emotions and souls; now while the focus is more scientifically oriented, at the heart of the movement to preserve the earth is the bond between man and nature.
(Why then do we have the expression “green with envy”? I can only imagine that our envy is ripe, ready to burst out. I find green exudes more of a feeling of contentment and fulfillment than anything negative.)
Perhaps we can all agree with English Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke: “I long for the countryside. That’s where I get my calm and tranquility – from being able to come and find a spot of green.”