While raking the pine needles and fallen leaves to prepare the garden, I found new sprigs of oregano and parsley growing by the path. The straggly bit of thyme I'd given up for lost had a few green leaves it didn't have before. The sage that withered in winter is starting to perk up, too.
Watching the perennials reestablish themselves in our garden will help me pass the time it takes for the annuals to sprout.
Isn't that like life? Sometimes things take a long time. You can't rush them. You have to fight the urge to tweak things, because you might make things worse. Give yourself something else to focus on. Find some quick wins to encourage you. What you're waiting for might be ready before you notice.