“Like tiny seeds with potent power to push through tough ground and become mighty trees, we hold innate reserves of unimaginable strength. We are resilient.”
― Catherine DeVrye, The Gift of Nature
Spring is upon us! Today marks the 2020 vernal equinox, the unfurling and emergence of springtime and the beauty and wonder it brings. We humans have been eagerly awaiting the birds, bees, and ephemeral wildflowers, who have also been eagerly awaiting these warmer, brighter, and longer days! We can learn something from these patient organisms – they are a model of resilience. In the face of bitter cold and under the weight of heavy snow, they hunker down, bide their time, pull from the past year’s resources, and in the midst of all that adversity, they grow.
We started much like a tree does: a single radicle emerging from a seed of hope, a business born out of passion for the natural world and a never-ending desire to protect, conserve, and live sustainably within it. Seasons of nurturing growth and expansion were followed by inevitable periods of contraction during slower winter months. We worked heavily on projects funded by the Clean Water Management Trust Fund early on only to see that funding dry up in the mid-2000s – so we diversified out client base in response, leaning heavily on our core values of Community and Relationships. And when the 2008 financial crisis hit the world on the chin, we had planned well enough to sustain our staff through the extended fallout. Ephemerals do much of their growing while still underground.
Throughout Equinox’s 20 years in business we’ve celebrated successes, weathered recessions and bull markets; our Equinox family has experienced loss but we have also welcomed new life. And all the while time keeps moving on. Even as we deal with the uncertainty of these unprecedented times in which we finds ourselves today, one thing remains true: over these past years Equinox has been resilient, and we’ve done so through hard work, devoted clients and friends, a great team, and not without some good luck.
So yes, today is the first day of spring and with it brings renewal, rebirth, growth, and expansion. Nature doesn’t abide to social distancing, but we hope you are and that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy and stay that way during this challenging time.