The calendar says it’s spring. The weather in my locale is warming up, blossoms are beginning to emerge on the trees, and spring flowers are awakening from their winter slumber. After a long dark winter, the sunlight and the warmth it brings is so welcome.
As spring awakens the sleeping beauty of nature, it is a good time for us to awaken the beauty in our own souls that may have been dormant during the cold dark days of winter. How do we do that, one might ask. Here are some suggestions for bringing spring into your heart and life:
1. Love is beautiful. . .take a moment to nurture and love yourself. Perhaps that means getting a new hair style, going for a walk in the sunshine, riding a bike, gardening or anything else that makes you feel wonderful and alive. Embrace that which nourishes you. Listen to your heart. Be kind and accepting of yourself. You are a beautiful person. Tell yourself that truth out loud. A rose is a beautiful flower and is not expected to be a daisy. Likewise, bloom into your authentic self.
2. Awaken to those around you. One of my co-worker friends unexpectedly passed away this week. Fortunately for me, I was able to visit her in the hospital and express my love to her. I’m not sure if she was able to hear me or not, but it was important for me to have that opportunity. I’ve had other experiences where a friend or family member died and I didn’t get one last chance to tell them how I felt. We never know when someone who is a part of our life may be taken unexpectedly. So, I’ve decided for me, it is important to make my interactions with others positive each time we meet, to thank people for what they do that makes a difference, to smile, laugh and enjoy those I’m around whether at work, home or elsewhere.
Take time to think about and to care about those who cross your path. They may be family, friends, co-workers or just acquaintances. An easy way to show caring and concern for others is by really listening to them. Treat those you come in contact with as important and valuable every day. It feels good to grow and embrace friendship with others.
3. It takes time for a flower to bloom. It is not something that can be rushed. Tranquility also takes time and cannot be rushed. Most people live a fast paced life. Time always seems too short for what we need to get done. We rush to complete our work, our errands, and our commitments. It is difficult to feel peaceful and serene when we are constantly running. It is good to step outside your hectic life and give yourself permission to slow down. Take some time to decompress by enjoying a quiet time, nature, meditating, praying or strengthening your spirit in some other way.
4. Look for and find the gift of each day. There is always something that can be appreciated every day of our life. It may be a large gift or a small gift, and you will find it if you look for it.
5. Spring is a time of rebirth, growth and beauty. However, there was a dormant cold period that preceded the spring. There are times when life is bleak. Some storms in life may shake us to the core. During these times, don’t give up. Do what you have to do to get past the bad times. If needed, seek out help to ride out the storm, knowing that a better day will come. Doing your best is enough. Hang on and look toward sunnier days.
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” – Anne Bradstreet
Enjoy the rebirth, growth, and beauty of spring.