Spring, Change & Pain
Spring, such a wonderful time of the year. The smell of fresh cut grass, the trees birthing their new leaves, the flowers blooming, and the birds singing. The days get longer and the temperature is nice (depending on where you live). It’s a change from the old and dark days before.
Wikipedia states “spring and "springtime" refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth.” I love that. Just when you start to think, I’ve lost hope for my New Year’s Resolutions. Another new opportunity arises for you to make change in your life. So maybe it’s not too late, maybe it’s just a new, fresh opportunity.
Let’s look at each of this season’s words: rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and growth.
Rebirth: a new or second birth
Rejuvenation: to make young again; restore to youthful vigor, appearance, etc.
Renewal: to begin again
Resurrection: the act of rising from the dead, a rising again, as from decay or disuse
Regrowth: the act or process, or a manner of growing; development, gradual increase
Just like that! The season has changed and today is your new opportunity. It’s time for your personal new birth. What areas of your life need a reset? Where do you need to grow? Remember change comes from working on all five areas of your life at the same time. You career, relationships, health, spirituality and finances all need to be nurtured. Small changes in these areas will eventually allow you to see big results.
As I continue to read Wikipedia about the season of spring, I read, “Unstable weather may more often occur during spring, flooding is also most common, tornado alley is active, large hail and very high winds occur.” That’s interesting. So in order for change to occur, there has to be a season of unstable, unpredictable and dangerous weather. I don’t know about you, but when I think about dangerous weather, I think of pain and endurance.
Keep following. So to have change, there must be a season of pain and endurance. Hum. Pain and endurance. Well that doesn’t sound fun! That wasn’t the answer I was hoping. I started this blog post today with the intention of writing about all the fun things to do in the springtime. But that’s not where my heart was led to write. Instead, a simple google search turned into a series of definitions about spring. Maybe, I’m the one that needed to hear this today. Maybe lately, I have avoided the pain that goes along with change. Maybe that’s the missing ingredient.
How about you? Are you avoiding change because of pain? What do you need to do? I’m not asking what you want. I am asking you: What pain are you willing to endure to get what you want? The season of spring and rebirth is an exciting one. Don’t let this spring pass you by without giving into the opportunity of a new season.
Think about it! You’ve got this!
- Natalie Bonkowski