I recently listened to someone talk on how life is very much like the seasons we experience during the year. They change, and with those changes come good moments and hard moments. As I sat there listening to this person speaking, I couldn’t help but think about the seasons of my own life and what I learned from each change. I am about to honor a very tough season of my life, the season where I lost my father six years ago. February 15 will never be the same for me because my life was altered so drastically. I can’t honestly say I learned very much during the first few years of that “season.” I was grieving for the loss of someone I loved dearly and relied heavily on for advice and guidance. But now that season has passed, the pain has dimmed a bit, and now I can survive the day and smile when I think of all the awesome memories my father and I shared together.
I also thought about the season of entering a new decade. As I approach 40, I get a little nostalgic about my thirties. It has been an amazing decade, full of highs and lows that make up the river of life. But I can honestly say, as I come upon the crest of a new season, I lived life well in my thirties and I hope to continue to do the same during my forties. I know the road will have potholes, but there will also be periods of smooth sailing. It’s life, and not every season is going to be full of promises.
As I sat in my seat and continued to reminisce on days gone by, I felt challenged by my faith to ask myself how God has worked through me and in me during these various seasons. Was there anything I learned to help others through their own seasons? Did I find out a little more about myself? Do I fully comprehend who I continue to evolve into as time marches on? I may be none-the-wiser based on the triumphs and tribulations which have made up my life, but I do know my own seasons have molded me into the wife, the mother, the daughter, and the friend I am today.
I think we all need to stop and surmise about our life, how we are living it, and what we can do to change things we see wrong. Let’s celebrate with others when they have successful seasons or shore up those whose seasons leave them crumpled on the floor. It’s amazing what you can discover about yourself when you engage in a little self-reflection. Sometimes the biggest epiphanies can happen when you stop and take in the season.
I remember what my father used to tell me growing up; he would say to me, “Sweetpea, life is full of choices. So make sure before you make a choice you think about how you will feel when you look at yourself in the mirror. If you can look your own self in the eye and be okay with what you see, then you must be doing something right.” So, that is how I live each day, keeping myself in check with who I want to see staring back at me as I maneuver through life’s seasons. What season are you experiencing right now and what are you learning from it?
Until next time,