I don’t know about you, but the coming of Spring usually brings up mixed feelings for me.
Never mind the fact that there is still snow on the ground, a bit of a chill in the air, and the trees are still fairly bare. The beginning of Spring is that awkward, in between time, when you can’t really pack away your cooler weather clothes just yet, but it’s too early to break out the sundresses and flowy shirts.
On one hand, I am thrilled to know that we are on the brink of warmer weather, and looking forward to basking in the radiant sunshine. On the other hand, I know that we’re also on the brink of allergy season…no fun.
The changing seasons in life can be much the same – filled with such hope and potential, but also with many awkward, opposing transitional characteristics. For some of us, the start of a new, Spring-like season, brings the growth of green things – the start of a new project or business; for students, the start of the exams and final projects leading up to graduation. This period in life can also bring significant degrees of stress from trying to get things done, finished, out of the way, or from trying to clean house in anticipation of changing over home decor or clothing, or even tension – from simply wrestling with the dichotomy of knowing where you are going or who you are becoming, yet not having arrived yet.
It’s easy to focus on the negatives – the things that have not yet changed over, like the snow yet to melt, or the trees yet to bud, or the plants yet to spring up. It’s easy to think that the investments made in previous seasons will never bear fruit.
I am here to encourage you – don’t lose heart!
The seasons are changing – even if the transformation is not yet complete!