Taking in the Changes

I have been enjoying being outside this weekend so much! It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for my spring allergies to clear up so I’m able to get back outside and enjoy being free from being stuck inside with the freezing and snowy winter we had. It may have seemed like forever to me, but really it was a very short week.  I’m always amazed when people say things like “the flowers on the trees just exploded over night!” when that’s really not the case.  It’s only because we aren’t paying attention to the little shifts of nature, we’re busy and wrapped up in our lives, too busy to notice what’s going on around us. So when it seems like things happen over night, chances are pretty good that that’s not the case, you’ve just missed the earlier signs of arrival.

Unfortunately our lives can be like this too. We feel blindsided by divorces, job losses or problems with our kids, when the reality is that we’ve been turning a blind eye most of the time. Sure there will be the rare occasions when there really haven’t been signs, but most of the time there have been things that we’ve been ignoring or putting off and as a result we’ve ended up where we are.

When we’ve arrived there we have to choose to move forward if there’s nothing else we can do. We can’t let the should-have’s or the shock rule the rest of our lives. We can however choose to do things differently going forward. We can choose to be more aware, be open to seeing the truth, communicate more and do our part sooner and without complaining.  When we make that decision we’ll be able to see the little moments and not only be more prepared, but also be able to appreciate what goes on around us.

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.” Charles Dickens

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