The oak does not lament the transition of seasons which causes its leave to change colors, wither and eventually fall away. Nor does the falling away of its leaves cause the death of the tree itself.
We can learn a lot in our study of nature. In doing so, we observe that spring comes forth to reward the oak with fresh, new leaves to adorn its branches.
In this, we should understand that some people and circumstances can come into our lives for only a season. Grieving something that once was, can be painful. This is suffering and we are not here for suffering.
When our circumstances change, we must accept what is new. Overlooking our current reality looking back for one that has passed may cause us to miss the gifts that our present circumstance is trying to give us.
Each spring brings the renewal of fresh leaves.
Let’s look for the renewal within our changing circumstances. This means that we must desist from searching out the dead which has fallen away from us.
We cannot find life in the same place we seek death.
It is also necessary to remember that change does not mean the death of us. We can bring the lessons we've learned to the next stage and grow with our newfound wisdom.
Burying ourselves in pain, feelings of worthlessness and defeat are not self serving. Burying ourselves hinders our growth and casts a shadow on our potential.
Like the oak, we don’t die with the falling away of the dead. We thank God for the changing of seasons and look forward to the spring which always brings a renewal of growth.
This message can be particularly difficult to apply in the face of a recent loss. So we must prepare ourselves in advance with the understanding that life will bring with it change. Circumstances will not always be what we are used to, comfortable with or expected. This is the cycle of life.
Some consider it cruel but in fact, it is what we make of it.
Spring brings the renewal of fresh leaves.
Look for life. Look for opportunities of growth. Appreciate what is now and live for today.
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Moving to another stage in life requires enduring the stretch that life circumstances puts on our hearts and mind.
Self improvement will not occur without personal change, new habits, consistent effort and vigor to meet one’s goals.
For many, struggle halts forward movement, even when it appears early in one’s effort. We have a culture that is accustomed to abandoning goals when objectives are not easily met.
But having a will to succeed and an unyielding vision for one’s future is necessary for any amount of success.
Sometimes when the going gets tough (or seems too overwhelming to even start) we tell ourselves stories like, “Success is for that other guy in that other neighborhood from that other family.” We accept the myths created in our mind and resolve to remain in our current station a lifetime.
It does not have to be that way. Anyone of us can create the vision we have for our future if we possess absolute belief.
Absolute belief does not absolve us from groundwork and real effort. Creation requires tenacity, knowledge and the development of skill sets relevant to our goals. With no work behind it, belief is nothing.
If we spend too much idle time watching television, we become disillusioned to reality. There is no such thing as an ‘overnight’ success. There are many, many, many months and years of overnights that bring about success.
These nights are often long, sleepless and can be lonely. The journey is not as sexy as the outcome. But that is okay. It is what it is.
We have to push and push and bring our ideas from vision to visible.
We should expect that life will present circumstances that will challenge us morally, financially and otherwise. This is not a signal to quit. This is the indication that we are likely on the verge of something great and should take dedicated action now.
We must also remember never to compare ourselves to the highlight reels in our social media feeds. Comparison can be a killer. We have to assess ourselves based on the metrics of own circumstances, not others’. Whether it be family dynamics, career success or social status-we lose sight of what is real for ourselves when we constantly poke our noses over our neighbor’s fence.
Life is a journey of unstopping twists, turns, hills and valleys. As we set our goals and work to establish our vision, it is important to remember to enjoy the journey. Studying our own experiences and growing in them will help us in subsequent stages of our evolution. Enjoy these hard moments. Enjoy these long nights. Be grateful for discovery. And keep plodding forward no matter the resistance.
Just Keep Going!!!
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Nurah strives to enlighten, empower and engage her readers with the wealth of knowledge she has gained from her own experiences and those of others from whom she has learned.