“April Showers bring May Flowers”, is from a English poem dating back to 1610.
With spring comes change. There is beauty all around us. The flowers are blooming, the grass is green, the skies can be full of clouds and rainy or clear and sunny. We can use the season as a metaphor for ourselves if we’re looking for a way to change.
For the most part, people are afraid to change and are willing to stay in the same miserable situation simply because it’s familiar. Complacency, which is a feeling of self-satisfaction, especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers and deficiencies, sets in and keeps us right where we are. The same people who are complacent are often those who complain about perceived inadequacies of those around them.
Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.
Virginia Satir, author and social worker has been credited with writing about feeling the fear and doing it anyway. When we become fully aware that the time is NOW, then the change we’re wanting to make can come true. If we try to go back to the past or flip into the future, fear can set in. Remember the past is gone and the future is yet to come. Living in the present moment and being mindful is where true peace and happiness lie. After all, we only have one moment at a time. I think that is why it is call the “present”.
In this time of spring it may be the time to take a look at the parts of ourselves that could use some changing. We can be willing to start anew, let go and start a brand new chapter of our lives. As we take this self inventory, we can be honest with ourselves and change what needs to be changed. We can close the door to our past and put it at rest. I look at the past as a door to a room I can never open and re-enter, for in reality I cannot go back! In this transition time it can be uncomfortable. Take one step at a time and remember, the future is not yet here.
Change is hard. Make it easy.
One way to make a change is to make it easy. Worry rears its ugly head and there is no sense in worrying — it never solves anything. Set your intention to change. The universe changes through intention. Then everyday in every way, pay attention to that intention and take action. Let go of complexity and being overwhelmed. Take back your life and achieve extraordinary results. Be kind and gentle with yourself. Also remember, it may take longer than you think and may be harder than you think.
Take time to meditate, clear your mind. Focus on taking deep breaths throughout the day. Let your friends and family know what you are doing. Those same people may want to change too, and by supporting you, they may realize they have the power to change too. Failure may pop up from time to time, but take one behavior, one day at a time. Be better tomorrow than you are today. It’s a rocky mountain to climb sometimes. Just keep going up.