There's been that feeling in the air lately. You know the one where you feel winter shift its way toward the coming spring? It is obvious by the chill in the air that it's still weeks away, but the scent of the air no longer smells of the cold north wind. There is a trace of the scent of dirt on the breeze as the winter sun pours down some of its far away warmth and the days begin to lengthen. The awakening of the organisms that live in our soil, and the reminder of the seasons of energy, growth, and sun-soaked days, always seem to make me feel a spring in my step. Perhaps that's where the name originated, people of old felt a jolt of energy as the ice and snow of bleak, dark winters began to give way to the lengthening days of the warm seasons.
This is one of my favorite parts of the year. It parallels with life -- how we go through bleak, dark, winters of anything, and eventually the harshness gives way to a lighter, more joyful, us. We relish in our newfound energy until the seasons change again and we must go through new hard things.
How can we get ourselves through these bleak "winters" a little easier, if we know they are impossible to stop?
It reminds me of the old song by The Byrds. To everything there is a season, and a time. Perhaps that is what helps us get through these bleak "winters" of our lives. We know they are inevitable, much like the changing seasons. There is no way to stop what could be coming, but we can be a little more prepared, or a little more malleable, when it arrives. The trees that bend in the wind avoid breaking.
So, let's be like the bendy trees.
++ How do you get yourself through the hard times?