This past week, I've been spending more time outdoors as the temperatures are finally beginning to climb into the upper 50’s and 60’s. For those of us in colder climates, and specifically in New England, the warmer weather is a welcome change. Signs of life are emerging everywhere — birds are joyfully chirping in the trees, yellow daffodils are in full bloom, and tiny buds are sprouting up from the soil. Spring is a vibrant time of new beginnings, reminding us that life is about rebirth — about growing toward our potential. Just as seedlings change and grow, we, too, must be willing to change and evolve into the people we are meant to be; we can give birth to not only new versions of ourselves, but to new ideas as well.
In order for plants to be reborn, most of them are dormant during the winter when they rest and conserve their energy. Then when springtime comes, the earth begins to warm and conditions change, allowing these plants to break forth and grow. With the proper nourishment, these plants often grow bigger and stronger than ever before. Like the plants, we go through periods of dormancy when we also rest and conserve our energy. But as conditions in our lives begin to change, we are given an opportunity to expand and grow. With proper nourishment, careful reflection, and a willingness to make whatever changes are necessary, we can be reborn into the people we are meant to be.
Some of us will make important life changes regarding careers, relationships, or even the places where we live. But not all of the changes we make will involve major life transitions. Some changes will be on a much smaller scale. For example, if we choose to be more positive, we may notice that our relationships become less strained, and we experience more contentment in our lives. These small shifts in our attitudes can have a lasting impact on our lives. Or perhaps we may decide to get up thirty minutes earlier every morning so we can exercise. Soon, we may experience higher energy levels and an improvement in our moods, and overall, we feel happier. Our bodies become more toned, and we are able to maintain healthier weights, increasing our confidence and overall body image. These small changes create big transformations. So, regardless of whether the changes are big or small, they create opportunities for us to be more confident and express ourselves and our ideas more openly.
But, sometimes, when it comes to reaching our potential, we can be our own worst enemies. If our lives aren’t going as planned, we make excuses. We are too busy, too old, too financially strapped, too uneducated — the lists go on and on. But these excuses are stunting our growth rather than expanding it. So, perhaps a more effective approach is to change our perspectives. When we do, we may find that the impossible now becomes the possible. For example, if we want to go back to school but don’t think we can afford the tuition, perhaps we could research scholarships and low-interest loans that might be available to us. By doing so, we might open up new doors and opportunities. Or, if we find ourselves in the middle of a divorce, we can choose to see it as an opportunity for a fresh start. Soon, we begin taking more risks: enrolling in new classes, beginning new hobbies, or starting new businesses that we never would have done before. When we are willing to change our perspectives, we can change our experiences, creating new and improved versions of ourselves.
This week, as spring continues to bring forth new life, think about your own rebirth. Are there big or small changes you would like to make? Would making these changes help you become more of the person you were meant to be? Conditions around us are constantly changing. But it is up to you whether you will explore the opportunities that these conditions create. Reflect upon your life and explore your options. See what doors may open for you. Remember, changing your perspective can change your experience. Be confident and grow toward your potential, creating exciting beginnings for your life. Then bloom like the daffodils, more beautiful and stronger than ever before.