Many years ago a musician named Terry Jacks had a big hit that included the words: “We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun…”
So much of our lives can be put into seasons, the obvious ones being: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. So many people seem to place a great amount of emphasis on the time of year – as if the time dictates their moods or attitudes.
In a previous article I mentioned that one of my colleagues insisted he could not have a good day when it rained. Preposterous! It’s a good thing he doesn’t live in Seattle!
One of my colleagues, a writer, used to love to golf so he was frustrated by snow – until he decided to amend his attitude to say: WHITE means WRITE / So GREEN means GOLF.
He made a decision to use the aforementioned SNOW as a sign of prosperity. When the snow falls…it means he focuses 100% on writing and I.G.A. – Income Generating Activities. He turns SNOW into a symbol of ACTION, and ACTIVITY.
As I am writing this it is freezing cold at my cottage. Some would see this as a hardship. Yet others invite this season with open arms. Snow-mobile riders, snowsuit sales people, people who sell winter tires, road salt, snowplough drivers are overjoyed to see the white stuff fall. Not to mention kids who love to build snow forts, go sledding, build snowmen and throw snowballs. (And dogs – who like to make snow Angels).
So, let’s not let a thermometer reading or the color of the sky determine how we show up in the world. The world is just out there – WORLD-ing. It’s doing its thing, spinning at about 24,000 miles per hour – obeying, dictating and enforcing little laws – like gravity.
I will admit that we have other seasons as well. Sometimes we encounter a season of sorrow and it can last for a seemingly endless period of time. There are some things we can do to shake the sadness and move on. When we are stuck in a sorrow cycle we often keep focusing on the sorrow. We forget that there are other options.
Your results are determined by what you focus and take action on. You’ll never get out of the sorrow if you keep reliving it. Dr. Robert Schuller is famous for saying, “Tough times never last – but tough people do!”
Is there any possible way you can turn your STRESS into a BLESS? Turn your PAIN into a GAIN? It’s been said that your MISERY is your MINISTRY. Your MESS is YOUR MESSAGE!
What if you could write a book and teach others how to get out of the HOLE that you have learned how to climb out of. Your book can be therapeutic for you and everyone who is blessed to read it. It could turn your finances around too!
There is a season to sow and a season to reap but you can’t do both in the same season.
You can learn to embrace your pains and sorrows and share your lessons with the world – NO MATTER WHAT SEASON IT IS!