Spring is coming! Spring is coming! It’s a great time to LIKE my fanpage.
The Pictures: I was out recently in McPherson Square in DC happy to see the sun shining. I took a few random shots of others celebrating the ‘almost spring’ time. It made me happy. Hope you enjoy.
It’s almost the season of spring and I’m excited! And it’s not just because I’m ready to start running outside again while showing my arms off and because dating is cheaper (try walking in the park in 32 degree weather – so not romantic). While those are great reasons, to me, spring also represents a season of growth.
Growth is tricky because it can be both painful and beautiful; separately as well as simultaneously.
The PAINFUL: I remember in my pre-teen years sometimes I would feel achy and not really know what was causing it nor what areas were hurting specifically. Many times, my mother called these “growing pains.” Further, I think about how eggs must be cracked for birds to enter the world and how our mothers endure pain to birth us. So too, I think that when we are birthing greatness, I know that we will experience varying levels of discomfort.
In a different sense, I use spring to assess my personal progress in certain areas. Sometimes I’m doing well, but MANY times, I see that I still have room to grow and need to mature from certain behaviors and thoughts. It’s that latter process that’s most hurtful and challenging for me. It’s scary but necessary because it’s true that our success is a measure of our accomplishments and failures.
The BEAUTIFUL: One common factor that I hear often from those I look up to is that no matter how challenging, their painful failures were worth it. They say that those experiences helped to shape them, mature them, and give them both understanding and patience. That’s what I call beauty.
I use their words to help me when I’m not feeling my great or not in the mood to be ‘the best I can be.’ It’s not a perfect approach, but it’s not supposed to be. We are all different and the way we respond to life will vary also. Remembering that my later will be greater, that I can’t have purpose without a process, and simply, that summer is coming… helps me focus and see my growth as the beautiful progression that it is.
I wrote a poem last week while thinking of passion in human form. Spring is full of passion and I’d also like to dedicate this piece to this upcoming Spring season; both painful and beautiful.Dear Spring… surprise me on cool mornings after late nights when sleep hovers and hugs tight in your arms i’d just rather lay right there bare engulfed til eye lids catch stage fright and retreat ur head on my chest me underneath as I stumble + creep to slumber sleep and crumble deep like pieces of falling stars the gentle rain upon the plain yes, surprise me with kisses of charm that reign and love beauty and pain that spells my name
How many of us want to give birth to greatness – helping others reach for their purpose and fully walking in our own, yet are scared of the pain in that process? I know I am on many days. How do you deal with it?
And in general, What does spring represent to you?
Today, I’m thankful for the purpose in my process and thankful for yours also! God Bless.