“And hope, if it had a scent, would smell like spring, like rain, like something new and alive.”
~ Jennifer rush
Spring is right around the corner. In some places, we may not see it. Perhaps your region is like Shanghai right now—cold and wet. I would love to get beyond the time of having to put a coat on to go outside. I do love spring showers, but they would be better without the potential for ice.
So far, I have not been to a place that compares to Florida rain. It is one of the many things I miss about home. Perhaps it whimsical, but when the rain comes, I like to step outside with a coffee mug to watch, listen, and smell. Sometimes, I’ll run out to dance it—literally. There is something about the water hitting my face. A feeling of refreshment, washing away the dreariness of old things and the remainder of a wonderful aftereffect to revel in. This is essentially what I want to do in this season: start new projects, leave old things behind, and look forward to new activities and results.
What are you looking to do in this season? Each season, literally and metaphorically speaking, initiates a transition, ushers in a new environment and records turning point. It is important to embrace the positive aspects of these movements and recognize what we can take away for ourselves. The recognizable actions for spring follow the activity and ideas of gardening: beginning, cleaning, and blooming. Will you be doing all or a selected amount? The great thing is that no matter which action you are conducting, you will see the result in another season. The wait may be daunting or easy, yet the assurance of a result is comforting.
Make room for the new from the old space
Who isn’t cleaning in spring? This is the time we do an overhaul of everything. We dust off vases on flower shelves that haven’t been touched all year, scrub baseboards, and deep clean floors. Do you ever shock yourself while cleaning? Like, who knew there was so much space! As everything settles and dry, it looks as if the place is brand new. We rediscover new areas that had been cluttered and fall back in love with these spaces. The freshly clean areas and things are now ready to be enjoyed and used.
If we can do this for our homes and for physical things, how much better and more impactful can it be for our personal well-being and success. There are things in our life be it personal, professional and more, that require a cleaning. Until it’s done, there’s no peace or progression. We can neither appreciate the space that is full of potential or receive positive opportunities. Think on those old habits that you need to change. Those old grudges and negative thoughts that you need to let go of. An entire mindset that needs a little soap and water.
When the old is done away with, it allows us to make room for the new. Hoarding of any kind, spiritual, physical and mental can be a self-detriment. Work it out and watch how things improve and grow.
Start something meaningful
We associate the season of Spring as a time for beginnings, a transition into newness and a refreshing of the old. The typical markers of new beginnings and fresh starts do not always have to be so precise. New beginnings can start at any time. The moment you initiate a new thing marks its beginning. You could have started on New Year’s, you can start right now, and you can start 11:59 p.m. the next day.
Starting something is easier than the pursuit. What is it that you're passionate about? What puts a smile on your face? How do you find value in your work? Start something meaningful so that you don’t give it up so easily. It is easy to throw away things we aren’t attached to and give up on what we haven’t put our hearts into. By putting meaning into what you start, you will stay motivated to endure and see it through to the end.