A new year comes with new hope, but we often don’t see or feel that hope until Spring arrives. For those of us who live in colder parts of the country, this is especially true. Until the snow begins to melt or we see the flowers poke their heads out from that snow, it remains a cold and sometimes dreary existence.
I’ve noticed, in my later years especially, that there’s even a difference for me, on a daily basis, just between the days the Sun shines and those that are cloudy and/or rainy/snowy. It’s like the Universe has shone a light on my soul and energized it, reminding me to look at the bright side of things – even on the days there is no sunshine.
We can become so distracted by the things Life places in front of us – the “need to” and “have to” situations as well as those emergencies that happen – that we miss the simple things, the things that should make us look with wonder and smile. To take time to “stop and smell the roses” should be on all our lists of things to do daily for our health and well-being.
Spring is a time when the Earth comes alive again. As the Sun shines longer and more warmly upon it, the Earth brings forth budding trees and bushes, greener lawns, and flowers pushing their way up from the ground and even through sidewalk cracks to grow and bloom, displaying their colorful beauty. What was once barren and gray is now a dazzling display of life and brilliant color. We should be amazed and awe-struck at what Mother Nature gives us each year as Spring begins to unfold. The very wonder of it should cause us to take a deep breath and feel so alive.
For some, after Winter’s confinement and cold, there’s an eagerness to get out and till the soil and plant seeds and plants to grow food and beautify our yards. For others, it’s to go for walks or hiking in the woods, to just get out in Nature. Then there’s that urge to open the windows and doors and just let the air in to rid us of the staleness of Winter. We are waking up to a new season filled with infinite possibilities and hope.
Besides the seeds we may plant in the ground, there are other seeds we plant, both consciously and unconsciously, for the year. They are the seeds that contain the aspirations we hold for ourselves and our lives as the weather warms and the year continues to unfold. What do you want to “grow” for yourself this year? Have you thought about it? Or do you just assume Life will be the same as it always is or that you have no control over what happens this year?
There are two, similar quotes that are appropriate for the times we are in that I want to share: “When you focus on problem, you get more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you have more opportunities.” a quote from Zig Ziglar and, “What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it.” a quote from Opra Winfrey. It’s really that simple – you give power to what you focus on. Where your focus is and how that makes you feel, plants the seeds that will grow what you will harvest later in your life – maybe sooner than you realize or expect.
With its cycles of life, death, and rebirth, the Earth shows us, with each passing year, that there is always hope. After the devastating wildfires that take place, the first thing the Earth does is show signs of rebirth as plants begin to sprout through the ashes. Mother Nature is telling us to never lose hope because out of death and destruction comes new life. This is not only true for this planet, but for us as well. We just have to believe and have faith.
I know that it seems difficult to be optimistic when you’re in the middle of some crisis or emergency and can’t seem to see how it’s going to resolve itself. That’s exactly when we need to have hope. That’s exactly when we must shift our focus. To see the problem already resolved will show us how to resolve it. If we continue to focus on the problem itself, we either get a prolonging of that problem or more problems of a similar variety. Focus on the positive end result and allow yourself to experience the feelings that come with it being resolved. THAT brings the goodness we deserve in our lives.
So where do we begin? Why not with Spring and Nature? I realize we are in a “quarantine” mode right now, but that doesn’t stop you from going out in your backyard or, if you don’t have a backyard, going out on your porch or balcony. Don’t have one of either of those? Open some windows, feel the breeze blow across your face, take a deep breath and smile! Look out and see Spring and the Earth coming awake and alive again. Feel the hope and the inspiration.
Now close your eyes and “see” how you want Life to look in a week from now, a month, six months. Picture it in as much detail as possible and feel the feelings that go with it being just that way. Make it real in your mind and in your heart. This is something you can do daily or even more than once a day. It will make a difference not only in your life, but those energies ripple out and will combine with others who are creating similar visualizations and energies. Before you know it, things begin to change – for you, those close to you, and eventually the world. You, and we, are just that powerful.
Hope does Spring eternal and it’s just waiting for us to tap into it and create the life we want.