I've always wondered if other people experience spring in the same way that I do. For me, it's less a season and more a feeling. It's that same feeling you get when you're a teenager and you're going on a first date with the person you've had a crush on for ages. It's that well of excitement in the pit of your stomach.
I felt it yesterday and suddenly the world seemed fresh and full of promise. I know that winter is my time of hiding and slowing down. It's a time for introspection. The problem is, I'm not one of those people who likes to sit still for too long so winter seems interminable.
Just as spring follows winter every year without fail, so the cycles of our lives move forward. We go through good times and bad and sometimes just when one thing gets sorted out, another starts to give problems and it seems like we'll never have it all (not all at the same time anyway). It's easy to get sucked into that feeling of nothing ever really working out in our favour. And when you get sucked into that hole then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, doesn't it?
What if I told you that having everything all at once isn't going to happen? Would you stop trying? Life is not a to do list that you tick off on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Life is a series of experiences and if you're fighting so hard to overcome each challenge and accumulate all the good and keep it, then there's a good chance that you're missing out on the opportunities that each experience offers you.
It's not necessary to cling on to the good things in your life. It's completely necessary to hang on to the way they made you feel at the time. Good things (and bad things) come and go. It's the cycle of life. There's always something new and beautiful around the corner and if we'd stop clutching at things that are no longer meant for us we'd actually get to move on to new joy and new, pleasurable experiences.
My message today is this... Allow the cycles of your life to continue naturally. Know that after every winter, spring arrives and that day always follows night. And then take the time to appreciate the stars and the winter crispness. There is some joy in everything even when it feels dark and lonely. You have to choose to find it though.