Spring has arrived today! Depending on where you live this could mean pure rejoicing. Especially if it is a state within Australia that gets super cold in winter as some parts enjoy winters one can only dream about. If you’re from Brisbane the winters are not much to complain about, it can get cold at night however in comparison to Canberra for instance it is worlds apart.
Each day of Spring will bring about long awaited warmth and sunshine. Gardens will begin to sprout life and colours that were dormant for months. People hibernating from winter will begin coming outdoors to enjoy everything there is to offer.
For us girls the realisation that our wardrobes are now desperately in need of an update can inspire us to go shopping. Eventually all the winter wear will be locked away till next year!
The truth of the matter is however that while it is Spring, the lives of many individuals or families are still navigating a cold and bitter winter. Depending on the circumstances determines the length of time that it will take for them to see sunshine again. To appreciate what can so easily be taken for granted such as; smiling, laughing, planning, dreaming or just plain enjoying life…..
I’ve been going through my own personal winter and today marks week 5. You may have noticed from some of my previous blogs that something could be going on. As the situation is still current I haven’t felt it necessary to provide details.
Once my winter passes I will be able to share with you this journey I am on and encourage others who could possibly be going through a similar experience.
There is no end in sight for my winter right now; each new day is just that, a new day. My life consists of getting through just the one day. When you are going through something extremely difficult focusing on the ‘one day at a time’ takes away from the burden of tomorrow. The minute I allow myself to start thinking too much about tomorrow or next week, or next month I begin to get overwhelmed again.
The winter season I am navigating arrived quite unexpectedly and in such a way that I could never have been prepared for what was going to take place. It was not marked on my 2016 Calendar. While the first part of this year had been challenging, little did I know that it was going to get super challenging. A little like those t.v. survivor shows.
I have had to face several fears and muster up courage that has been dormant previously, as this type of courage was not needed until now. It has been quite surprising to find out what resources I have within me. Not to mention the strength that my family provides.
Life is somewhat put on hold for me at the moment a little like when you are put on hold waiting for a person to answer your call, only this time I’m right at the end of what seems to be a never ending queue.
While stepping through this winter season I’m encouraged as I discover different levels of strength and resilience. In the midst of ‘one of the most difficult’ seasons I have ever experienced, I am learning more about myself and how valuable it is to have the support of family and friends.
This situation doesn’t need to ruin the rest of my life. There is still a life to be lived and while it may look impossible right now eventually it will settle back into the new, whatever that may look like. You could say that I am making new discoveries within my winter.
These discoveries in my winter will sprout new blossoms and colours that have not been seen before. It almost seems as though there is some Spring in my Winter.
Whatever the season you find yourself living right now take the time to enjoy it.
If life isn’t blossoming for you it’s OK, it will….♥
And remember even though plants look dead in winter they can surprise you with life again. There is always hope in winter so keep on hoping, no one can take that away from you.