I turned the page of my calendar earlier this week and noticed that Spring officially starts on Thursday. The back and forth of our weather lately certainly has most of us anxious for consistently warmer temps and sunnier days. I love Spring, and I love Spring in Atlanta. It is really quite breathtaking. One of the reasons I love Spring is because with this changing of the seasonal guard, we literally witness in nature one of life's most important lessons. Just when we think there is no way life and beauty could emerge out of the cold, dreariness of our lives, Spring always comes.
After witnessing the magnificent reds, yellows, and oranges of Fall, Winter begins to set in. The lingering signs of Fall's grandeur appear on trees here and there, and sometimes those leaves trick you into believing that maybe winter will not come this year. Like those leaves hanging despite being whipped around by wind and rain, you hang onto the remnants of your Summer dreams and Fall glory days. You hang onto the relationship hoping the other person will change. You hang onto the hope that your job won't be cut. You hang onto the hope that this time, this time, things will be different.
But Winter does come. One day you get the call or the text or the email, and you realize it's done. You've been given your answer, and it is not the one you wanted. There's nothing left to hang onto. The relationship, the dream, the plan is gone... dead. You're not sure what to do next or where to turn .
And you start to wonder where is this road going and when will it end. All you know is that your winter of discontent feels extremely isolating. The loneliness of this journey simultaneously fills you and drains you.
But one day, you lift your head and you see it... you see signs of life.
You sees signs of life, signs of hope. You discover buds of new found hope, of new found energy. You start thinking of a new plan. You start putting yourself out there again. You come out of hibernation and you start slowly living again.
With each step forward, that cold, dark endless road turns into a beautiful, lush path.
With each step forward, you feel more alive and more like yourself... except not your old self, but a new, reborn self. Your reborn self is stronger, livelier, and bolder. You learn your Winter was not the end; it was just the end of that season. Your Spring means another chance to fulfill that dream and a new opportunity to reach that goal.
No matter how cold or dark or lonely your winter was, Spring always comes. Light always follows darkness. Each year, Spring teaches us that gardens do emerge out of deserts, life does emerge out of loss, and sometimes letting something die is the only way that it can be reborn into a beautiful, vibrant, life-giving creation.
Are you ready for Spring? What is being reborn in your life right now?