As a Texas native, I must say that I LOVE the transition from summer to fall and then again from fall to winter. I really enjoy the cooler temperatures as well as the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas that occur as the year comes to a close. And while summer is not the most enjoyable season to me (because I live in Texas where the heat knows no bounds) it is one that I know I must endure to reach the ones I like more. However, over the years, instead of just enduring summer, I’ve learned that it makes my life so much easier if I just embrace this time for all of the positive attributes it holds. Embracing change, while difficult at times is key for me.
Something that I constantly have to remember is that the ending of one season always means that a new beginning has started for another. How amazing is that? Getting to start something new is just so refreshing to think about. In the literal sense it can be a little scary to think about and take in, but nevertheless exhilarating if you’re able to master the three keys I’m going to share with you!
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You can rest assured that every season you endure holds an important key to your future – whether it be preparation for what is to come, transitioning or propelling you forward, or allowing you to reap the benefits from what you’ve worked so hard to sustain.
Each season has specific characteristics that define what to expect. How you might ask? Well, in the literal sense, we know that fall is approaching when there is a crisp in the air, the leaves start changing colors, and all things pumpkin spice start to emerge. Winter is on the horizon when the snow starts to fall, the days get shorter/nights get longer, and Christmas music is in every shop.
As you begin to pay attention to the situations in your life, you’ll start to sense when a season of preparation is coming by the various trials you experience. You may notice a season of transition by the changes that occur. Like the changing of careers, moving to a new home, or bringing home a new baby. As you begin to recognize what season you are in or what season is approaching, you can train yourself to start embracing what each season holds for you and your future. When you truly learn to embrace the bad with the good and the challenges with the victories, that’s when you can thrive in each season instead of just surviving.
As a mama, each stage of my children’s lives have come with joys that have been coupled with challenges.
The early years with Liz were filled with peaceful snuggles. But they were also accompanied with guilt for not being in a position to stay home with her 24/7. Now that I’m at home with Michael (& Liz), which has been a dream come true, I’ve joined team no sleep because Michael still wakes up to eat in the middle of the night! So, this mama is exhausted most days to say the least. In this season of long days and restless nights, I’ve recognized that I could choose to complain and have a negative attitude – but I know that my babies are watching, looking, listening, and trying to mimic me.
So instead, I know that I have to latch onto these THREE KEYS to embrace each season effectively:
1. Understand the value of embracing change
Each and every season holds a special value to your life, to who you are as a person, as well as who you will impact – be it positively or negatively. If you can take the time to look deeper into the situations you are facing, you can start to find the value there. It’s easy to see the value in a pearl when it’s in its glorified form, but hard to see when it begins its process inside of the oyster. Time is a factor. There is a process to a pearl becoming the pearl that it’s supposed to be. Recognizing the process and understanding the value in it is so important. Sometimes, it will be harder to identify, but with determination and persistence, you’ll find that you can do it.
2. Undergo a perspective change
When seasons change in our lives, it can be so easy to allow our focus to be on the negative. How do you see your world? Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Winston Churchill rocked my world with a profound yet simple quote when he said, “the pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity while the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”. If you don’t have a positive outlook on your situations – take some time to start making that change.
3. Think and speak positively
Our thoughts affect our speech. Our speech affects our decisions and actions. And our decisions and actions affect our quality of life. Positivity is a powerful force. Hold fast to it and spread it like wildfire. I can assure you that if you do, it will change your life.
Embracing the seasons, even the tough ones is something that I’m striving to be more intentional about doing daily. There are sweet treasures that lie in wait in each day and I don’t want to miss out. It may take some perspective shifting on my part to recognize the value to be found in each season. But, I’m willing to put in the effort and dive in to embracing change. I want to light a fire inside the hearts of my children and the women around me to be the best version of themselves. In so, it is an effort that I have become more aware about making, because as Dr. Seuss profoundly stated, “sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
Remember to intentionally live in each moment and embrace the season you’re in – you never know what keys it will hold to your future. Embracing change is a good thing!