Where I live there are four seasons, winter, spring, summer and fall. Each has its own uniqueness. The winter comes with a crispness in the air and a feeling of hibernation. All the trees are bare and the growing season is over. The spring brings new life and magical beginnings where you thought everything was dead. The summer brings intense heat and outdoor fun like swimming, barbeques and going to the beach. Finally, there is the fall where mother nature puts on a beautiful display of colors and the air cools to a comfortable temperature. The joy of a campfire invites us to gather around.
Humans have seasons too. We live through cycles of ups and downs. Such is life. I have found myself in an extended winter. I haven’t written anything or been inspired by any given creative outlet for quite some time. I’m feeling a sense of loss and dormancy just like the winter brings. The effects of this latency seem to be coming to a head lately. Inside I am feeling lost and alone.
I guess it’s my soul that is crying out for some attention. My soul has many different needs. The time that I spend with family leaves me with overwhelming peace and joy in my heart. Yet, I haven’t made the extra effort to visit them. Meditation leaves me with tranquility. Still, I have given my time away to social media and playing games on the computer. Nature is my church. When I am in the forest, I feel closest to God. My soul yearns for this kind of nurturing. As John Denver wrote, “… to the wild country I belong.” Somehow, I haven’t given myself permission to go to the wild country.
As I recognize this, I do realize that I have had so much enjoyment in my environment and with the people I love. Another thing I have relished is quiet time alone which gives me a sense of stability, a feeling of gratification to be with myself. I do have much to be thankful for.
Now it is time for me to come out of my winter season and move forward with strength, love and an open heart. It’s time for my growing season to begin. I will take the lessons of my winter and feed my soul the nourishment it needs. No matter the hardships or sadness that surrounds me, I will see love. I will feel the consciousness of the summer breezes and feel their warmth envelope me. I will open my eyes and see the vibrancy of all the colors of the rainbow that bring such joy to my heart.
As my personal seasons change, I will accept what each has to teach me and grow through the experiences with them all. I am alive today. I have breath in me and love to share.
The different seasons have so much to teach us. Winter, spring summer and fall. Let’s embrace the changes.