By Jackie White
Did you ever stop to think about how life is like the changing seasons? Each season brings about different aspects that provide us with different perspectives. Me and my hard head have learned to embrace the seasons as they help me to better understand this thing we call life.
Let’s begin with the fall season. Fall is a time to assess and prepare for change. Take a look at your life and what is it you need to do to thrive over the upcoming winter months. Squirrels gather nuts, you can gather your thoughts and contemplate change. I also see the fall season providing opportunities to get all the last-minute to-dos done before the first snow flies. For many of us that might include preparing our homes, and changing out our closets from shorts and t-shirts to warm sweaters and socks. Burning that cinnamon candle and sipping on pumpkin spice sounds deliciously cozy. Importantly, get out into nature and watch how it embraces change. You cannot deny that brilliant fall leaf colors aren’t proof that change can be beautiful!
Winter historically has been a tough season for me. I am the person who wears the sweatshirt that says “Yes, I’m Cold” and I usually am. However, I am learning to embrace winter, and to do that I now call it “The Season of White”. A friend introduced me to this new nomenclature and concept. This is a season for rest, retreat, and re-set. Winter or The Season of White, is about re-tooling goals, learning something new, and preparing for any opportunities that may come knocking. The key to this season is to stick with it and stay engaged. Put on a warm layer and take advantage of the time to prepare. Many of us are excited about the new year that comes in winter, but soon that excitement fades. So, commit yourself to a winter timeframe to keep your momentum going.
Spring is all about hope and the future. When your calendar turns to the spring season you can find yourself opening the windows to let in the fresh air and spring clean the house. I might also suggest you clear any clutter in your mind and refresh yourself. This may include reviewing goals and taking action to really move the needle forward in your efforts. Just as you are breathing in the fresh spring air, breathe new life into your routines and habits.
Life wouldn’t be complete without summer. Summer is a great season for play and adventure. We can get outside with ease and take in the warm sunshine. We also tend to make more time for friends and family. Revel in these connections and work to create memories that will last a lifetime. As with the prior seasons utilize this timeframe to capitalize on the opportunities it allows. In summer, indulge in play and joyful activities, take that vacation and try new adventures! And when summer begins to fade, prepare again for the next season of opportunity.
It’s all about perspective. I am thankful for the seasons as they help usher me into a new phase of thinking, planning, and doing. As well, they help us be mindful of the days and the seasons of our lives.
Jackie White has been writing about life and its ups and downs for many years. With a degree in Industrial Psychology and a life-long student of personal development she is intrigued by how each individual chooses to live their life. Jackie feels strongly that truly living your best life is imperative to attaining peace and fulfillment. SoulShine was borne of her desire to inspire and teach others to live their best life. This is her mission and her dream.