You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. -C. S. Lewis
Seasons on earth change. We know that. A new season began in September. In the Northern Hemisphere, we said farewell to Summer and hello to Autumn. For residents of the Southern Hemisphere, it is now Spring.
The most obvious sign of changing seasons can usually be seen in the plants that grow in your region. When you’ve lived in an area for a while, you know what time of year it is when you see which flowers are blooming, which fruits and vegetables are ripe or what the leaves on the trees look like.
Seasons of Life
We also experience seasons in our lives. Life is a series of changes, of seasons. Some are welcome and we look forward to them. Others are painful and we are happy to see them end.
Sometimes our seasons are easily defined: birth, the first day of school, graduation, marriage, etc. There are also times when we enter a new season and don’t recognize it until we see the signs that “. . . we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
Are You Entering a New Season?
What do you do when you find yourself in a new season? It can be unsettling to explore the unknown territory, and the tendency can be to hold on to the familiar routines, things, and attitudes that saw you through the last season. While they may bring some comfort, they may also hinder your progress. See if it’s time to lighten your load by letting go of these things.
It may help to think of a new season as a new country: seek out a trusted guide or two to help you navigate until you feel more secure and ready to venture out on your own. Look for people who have successfully traveled a path similar to the one you are on, and ask questions.
As You Enter, Mentor Someone Else Along the Way.
As you find your way, look around and see if you could be a mentor to someone else. Taking the focus off of your problems and challenges to help others might be just the thing to ease your transition into this new season.
Your Seasons will change whether you want them to or not. Do you see them as something to dread or something to anticipate? You have a choice as to how you will respond. No matter what season that comes your way, I encourage you to embrace it with a new mindset.
Looking forward to the adventure,