Jim and I have a tradition of trying to find as many signs of spring as possible. We’ll go out of our way to drive past a farm that used to be on our regular route home just to see if any calves have been born yet. We look for bald eagles by the river and Jim has a very keen ear for the sound of the first robin. Yesterday he noticed that our tulips had popped through the soil. I’ll drive quite a distance out of my way if I think there could be ducklings at the edge of a pond. We don’t limit our search for spring to nature; we also notice bicycles on the road, motorbikes on the highway, convertibles with their roofs down, the smell of hamburgers on the barbecue. We see optimistic people in shorts and flip flops and notice the work crowd on patios and students with cold Slurpee’s in their hands.
This feels like such a hopeful time of year. There is a sense that we can open the windows, air out the winter doldrums, and accomplish things that seemed overwhelming in February. It is a perfect time to not only look at our physical surroundings and notice what needs a little attention, but also to look inward and notice what parts of our life need a bit of new life breathed into them.
It is possible that over the winter months you may have neglected more than just the lawn. There may be friends in your life who, for no particular reason, you have not made time to connect with. You may have spent too much time memorizing the schedule of your favourite reality shows and not enough time creating your own reality. (Although I must say that this week’s episode of Survivor was EPIC!) You may have followed the Masters, the World Curling Championships, NFL football and now NHL playoffs, while thinking that someday soon you will get back into your own exercise routine. And you may have woken up and trudged off to a job that has either become mechanical or that you have outgrown and thought, someday I’ll look into something different. And you may have watched others participating in clubs and groups and thought that someday you would like to do that too.
It has been said that action is the enemy of resistance. For those of us who have spent the winter resisting doing something that we know would improve the quality of our life, now is the time for action! The good news is that the action does not need to be monumental. Even the smallest action, in the right direction can change our life in unimaginable ways. We are always one decision away from a new beginning. One decision!
We may find ourselves in the middle of what could be a heated discussion and make the decision to speak kindly instead of with anger. We may be invited to go for a walk and say a quick yes; perhaps initiating the beginning of a healthier spring. We may choose to spend five minutes seeking out new activities to join instead of perusing Facebook and watching other people live their lives. We may decide to create a new definition of success for our days by measuring something other than how well we did at work. New success for us can be how we took time to notice and connect with others. Such a simple change, with potential life changing results.
Your challenge this week is to decide in which part of your life you need to breathe some new life. Make a commitment to take one small decisive action in this area. Don’t wait for someday. This is the perfect weekend for new growth, new life and new beginnings. And chocolate eggs.
My inquiry for you this week is, ‘How am I bringing new life to this?’
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