by Rozella White, founder of RHW Consulting, and creator, consultant with LEAD
For some of us, spring has sprung. I am in a location where we are experiencing beautiful days – the mornings are cool, the days are warm, and the evenings are alive with cicadas. There is NO humidity, which for those of us living in Houston, is a rarity. I literally see nature coming to life and people engaging with each other after a time of dormancy. I, for one, love this season. It provides a brief window where we can enjoy the outdoors without being eaten alive by mosquitoes or melting because of the damp, oppressive heat that overtakes us for much of the year.
For many of you, however, spring is taking its sweet time to make an appearance. I do not miss the Midwest this year as I see blizzards overtaking my neighbors to the north and east. Thinking of the winters I spent in Chicago and Philadelphia brings me to tears. Literally. I don’t know how many of you do it, especially this year as winter is saying a prolonged goodbye.
As I consider these realities, I can’t help but think about the parallels of nature’s seasons to our lives. I’ve learned that life is cyclical; that much like the seasons of winter, spring, summer, and fall, we experience seasons throughout the course of our life. There can be a time of dormancy and death, one of new life and growth, one of vibrancy and opportunity, and one of pruning and major shifts. Seasons teach us that life and death are intertwined. I’ve also learned a few additional lessons from seasons.
Seasons come and go. No season is permanent. I am reminded of the phrase, “This too shall pass.” As long as we are alive, we will experience change. While our feelings are always valid, we have to remember that any given moment, be it good or bad, does not define who we are. Nor are these experiences permanent. Change is the one constant in life that we can be sure of.
There is no way to hasten a season. No matter how hard we try, we are not in control of the seasons of life anymore than we are in control of Mother Nature. We can’t speed through a season or slow it down. All we can do is be open to the gifts and graces of each moment and commit to learning the lessons that a season holds.
For every good thing a season provides, there are also lessons to be learned. Seasons can be hard and good. We might experience deep pain and soul stirring joy. There may be times of isolation and times of community. Regardless of what happens, there are always lessons to be learned, lessons that teach you more about who you are and what you value. When we take the time to mine the stories of our lives, we are awakened to insights that lead us deeper on our journey of awareness.
What season are you currently experiencing? What are the gifts of this season? What are the struggles? What lessons are you being invited to learn?
P.S. If you are interested in more reflection on the seasons, I highly recommend this resource by Parker Palmer.
Originally published in the RHW Consulting Newsletter.