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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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
- In which areas of life do you feel the positive emotions of spring?
- What is the hard work this time of blessing requires?
- Where is patience still needed?
- For what and to whom do you wish to express gratitude right now?