Seasons of Life: The Wonder & Work of Springtime

Spring is a season of transition…and a welcome one. We often don’t like change and transition, but everybody loves springtime. If you live in Colorado, you are absolutely done with winter by now. People spoiled by living in sunny, balmy places just don’t get it.

I grew-up in Los Angeles. Our four seasons were: cool, warm, hot, and really hot. I love hot weather, but come to Colorado if you want four bonafide seasons. Shoot. We can get all four seasons in the same week.

For example, it hit 70 in Denver today.
In LA, that’s never a big deal. In Denver, in April, it’s huge. When you’ve survived a Colorado winter, you appreciate spring. You’ve braved the cold, shoveled the snow, and scraped the ice off your windshield for four months. You know how good 70 degrees is.

You’re Going to Love Springtime

Spring is the wonderful season that follows the darkness of winter. The sun shines warmer, the earth thaws, animals emerge, birds sing, trees bud, and flowers bloom.

I broke-out my first shorts on Monday and my first short-sleeved shirt today. That’s a sign of spring, if there ever was one.

Spring represents an optimistic time. When you enter a season of spring time, you sense feelings of newness, enthusiasm, opportunity, energy, and levity.

Think of someone who has longed to fall in love again. Perhaps she has endured a winter season of alone-ness, then meets somebody special. It’s awesome. It could be a false alarm, just a winter warm-spell. But that bounce in her step and easy smile might be a sign of springtime in the romantic department of her life.

“Don’t demand springtime everywhere at once or you’ll never be happy.”

Spring Can Jump-Start Your Wheel of Life

The 8 areas of the Wheel of Life include:

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Are you ready to roll?

  • Love
  • Money
  • Work
  • Friends & Family
  • Spiritual/Personal Growth
  • Health & Self-Care
  • Fun & Recreation
  • Living Situation

You will be in different seasons in different areas of your life. It’s winter in the earth’s northern hemisphere while it’s summer in the southern hemisphere. It’s not warm all over the earth at the same time. It’s that way with the Wheel of Life as well. You don’t get springtime everywhere at once and it won’t be winter everywhere either.

Spring may arrive in a couple of areas — say romance and spiritual growth — and bring a spark to your whole life.

Don’t demand springtime everywhere at once or you’ll never be happy. But notice where the joy is right now. Newness in just one or two areas of life can jump-start things and give your whole life new traction.

In Springtime, There’s Work to Do

Every season has it’s tasks and springtime is no different. While life is much better, you must not miss the tasks of the spring season or you will regret it later. Here are three tasks of spring.

More Work

Image of female farmer sowing seed in the garden

I haven’t had to mow, weed, trim or edge anything outside during the winter months. And while I’d rather mow the lawn than shovel snow any day, there’s a lot more work to do when things are growing than when they are dormant.

If you enter a season of growth in your business, expect longer hours at work. A new baby or a new romantic relationship calls you to adjust your expectations accordingly. Hard work ahead.

 

Sustained Patience

You needed patience to survive the winter season from which you are now emerging. And it worked. But don’t put that snow shovel of patience away quite yet. Snow may yet fall.

Likewise, you can’t rush seasons. They arrive in their own time.

In romance, you’ll need to slow things down at points. Jump in too quickly emotionally or physically, and your once-promising dating relationship may go awry. You can’t hurry love. You just have to wait. Let the seedlings germinate. Don’t dig them up in hopes of speeding things along.

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You didn’t make the seasons change. You did what you could to survive, but the coming of spring is something for which you need to stop and thank God.

In the States, we think of Thanksgiving as a winter time observance. But it is even more fitting as a spring celebration. Journal. Write a poem. Share a testimony. Give thanks to God.

And don’t forget to thank the faithful people who stuck with you through your wintertime ranting and self-pity. Don’t ditch your faithful friends and family now that good times have returned.

Questions for Journaling & Discussion

  1. In which areas of life do you feel the positive emotions of spring?
  2. What is the hard work this time of blessing requires?
  3. Where is patience still needed?
  4. For what and to whom do you wish to express gratitude right now?
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  • Kelsey Sprague
    April 11, 2016 2:17 pm

    Loved this post! Lately I have realized that there always seems to be both hard AND wonderful things about every situation or circumstance. Reading this confirmed that realization. It especially makes sense thinking about the different areas of our wheels of life all being in different seasons. There are so many factors to think about when it comes to our well-being, joy, hardships, etc. I feel positive emotions of Spring in many areas of life right now–spiritual growth, romance, money, fun & recreation. Despite the thriving in these areas, though, I definitely resonate with the “Springtime task” of “sustained patience.” I need to keep being patient in many things. While lots of questions and impending darkness from the last few months have been answered + lifted, there are still unknowns about what’s next. But I need to remain patient. Instead of feeling restless in my career/ministry journey and friendships, I want to savor the springtime in the other areas of my life. I think “palpable gratitude” for all the blessings in this season (like my lack of busyness and time with my husband, for example!) are vital in helping me be in patient with other areas of ‘my wheel’.

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  • Kelsey Sprague
    April 11, 2016 2:17 pm

    Loved this post! Lately I have realized that there always seems to be both hard AND wonderful things about every situation or circumstance. Reading this confirmed that realization. It especially makes sense thinking about the different areas of our wheels of life all being in different seasons. There are so many factors to think about when it comes to our well-being, joy, hardships, etc. I feel positive emotions of Spring in many areas of life right now–spiritual growth, romance, money, fun & recreation. Despite the thriving in these areas, though, I definitely resonate with the “Springtime task” of “sustained patience.” I need to keep being patient in many things. While lots of questions and impending darkness from the last few months have been answered + lifted, there are still unknowns about what’s next. But I need to remain patient. Instead of feeling restless in my career/ministry journey and friendships, I want to savor the springtime in the other areas of my life. I think “palpable gratitude” for all the blessings in this season (like my lack of busyness and time with my husband, for example!) are vital in helping me be in patient with other areas of ‘my wheel’.

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  • Thank you, Kelsey. It’s amazing how far you have come in the past 15 months. From single/engaged woman to newly wed to a move to Stillwater…many adjustments and blessings…to a move to the big city, job turmoil + relief…then a new normal. I know you feel very blessed, but that doesn’t mean everything ideal, does it? Your friendship and partnership in my coaching passion project means the world to me. God bless you and Billy as new chapters in a new season continue to unfold for you.

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  • Thank you, Kelsey. It’s amazing how far you have come in the past 15 months. From single/engaged woman to newly wed to a move to Stillwater…many adjustments and blessings…to a move to the big city, job turmoil + relief…then a new normal. I know you feel very blessed, but that doesn’t mean everything ideal, does it? Your friendship and partnership in my coaching passion project means the world to me. God bless you and Billy as new chapters in a new season continue to unfold for you.

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