It’s day 44 and I hope you’ve enjoyed your Christmas Day celebrations. I’ve certainly enjoyed mine. I live in the tropics and it poured with rain all day. We went from mid grey skies to thick dark cloud. I missed the usual perfect blue sky theme that I’m accustomed to at this time of year. However, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed a change of scenery. There’s just something about an overcast day in the tropics that creates a totally different mood.
I vividly remember growing up in the UK and enjoying the clearly marked out seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. I loved the evolving fashion fads and the colours that accompanied the changing weather patterns. Trees in autumn were dressed with bright yellows, burnt oranges and fiery reds. But it wouldn’t be long before winter set in and those leaves would fall to the ground and leave those same trees bare and naked.
The same way seasons change to signify particular weather patterns, is the same way that we have changing life patterns. This is important to understand, especially when you’re trying to move your life from one stage to another. Why is it important? Because we need to come to terms with the fact that it cannot always be Spring, when things are beginning to work in our favour and bud and grow. Neither can it always be summer, where the sun warms our faces with its splendour and all is right with the world. There must be an autumn in life where we go through a natural pruning and allow dead weight to fall off. Similarly, there must be a winter and note that winter can be more severe for some than others.
We need to recognise what season of change we’re in so that we can adapt to it. You don’t go out into the pouring rain without an umbrella or venture out into the blistering cold without sufficient clothing on, do you? Well, it’s exactly the same principle for life seasons. In the times of pruning and dropping off of old habits and behaviours we must give into the process and allow ourselves to shed unwanted weight. This enables us to approach the spring with a renewed vision and hope. By the time summer comes along the cold and abrasive life lessons we’ve learned have already prepared us to handle the summer of success.
So my question today is… Have you identified your life seasons? Have you endured the pruning effects or autumn or the deathlike effects of winter? How do you transition from one life season to another? Life has seasons and it’s how we journey through these seasons that will determine what we produce at the end.
I’d love to hear from you concerning the different seasons of your life and what you do to transition from one season to another. Remember that leaving a comment also helps others who may visit and read this blog.
See you tomorrow.