We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Spring made its way to the northern hemisphere last week. And with it, the promise of new beginnings was celebrated by the folks in my part of the world.
After shivering through one of the coldest Kansas City winters on record, the arrival of spring was a welcome relief. The lilies are pushing up from the broken earth and a sage green color is slowly being sprinkled over the grass.
We made it through the harsh winter. Spring is waiting. My family is ready.
It amazes me how our lives can be in sync with the seasons. Just when we think we are stuck in a time and place that is getting the best of us, an event like the spring equinox happens and balance is restored.
Day and night become equal once again.
And if we remain patient, we’ll notice the light begins to win over the darkness a little more each day revealing the new beginnings that are waiting for you, and for my family, too:
- My wife found relief from the back and nerve pain she experienced throughout the winter. Then days after her successful surgery, Mary Beth learned a professional opportunity that’s been in the works for years is about to become a reality and will begin soon.
- My older son is building a new life in a new city and with his new family. Brandon’s life is nothing like it was when winter started. His new beginnings are springing up everywhere.
- My older daughter completes graduate school this spring. Caitlin’s new life, which includes a career aligned with her passion begins next.
- My younger son made the decision to let go of one dream so he can pursue another. Andrew will use the spring to prepare himself to go after that dream.
- My younger daughter is weeks away from getting a restricted driver’s license. Emily’s reliance on her mother and me taking her to the places she wants to be is about to end and the world she is creating is about to begin.
As for me….?
The anxiety that has gripped my spirit since my brother’s death is slipping away. I feel the return of peace beginning to take its place.
Sometimes the simple path to new beginnings begins when we feel like we can’t hold on a second longer, but then the Universe reminds us that seasons change and so do we.
I think my family will use the extra daylight in the days and weeks ahead to inspect their lives a little closer and see the hope that is always there – even when winter’s harshness seems to cover it up.
But we know the harshness of winter is certain to return; so we will use this time to catch our breath, find our balance and celebrate a few new beginnings before it does.
What is A Simple Path?
This post is in A Simple Path, a series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Please be sure to check out my book on Amazon: 20 Simple Paths to an Amazing Life.