Winter plays bait and switch games here in the Rockies. Maybe where you live, too. Snow one day, flip-flop weather the next.
Have you ever endured a winter that just did not want to end? Where every morning was just one more in a long line of cold, damp, gray days?
I had a winter like that one year in Cincinnati. It was bitter cold, constant snow and dark skies. I’d wake up every morning hoping for sunshine and see only my breath instead.
Winter is making its slow exit here in the Rockies and there are signs of an early spring. We will have more snow this year but our hardware store is already stocked for the early-bird gardeners.
There’s a nectarine tree right outside my office window. When spring arrives, the branches begin to look as though they are blanketed in pink powder puffs. And with the windows open, my entire office smells like a fine French perfume.
As I enjoy this early spring feast for the senses, it’s hard to remember that only a few short months ago that now lovely tree was barren. Its branches were a withered brown with absolutely no sign of the delicate blossoms to come.
But now those branches are full of pink powder puffs. They disappear way too quickly. And then just as the summer solstice arrives and those puffs of pink have fallen away, the promise of plump red nectarines begin to take their place. And the wait is always worth it.
Sometimes our life is like that, too. There are times when it feels like one long, never-ending winter - bleak, dark and sad.
Troubles at work, cranky marriages, kids being kids – there are as many ways to struggle in this world as there are people to struggle.
But winter never lasts. Even at the South Pole. When summer arrives there, the temperature may be only a few degrees but it’s joined by 24 hours of sunlight.
We all have our wicked winters but don’t loose hope. In the midst of our most melancholy days and heartfelt sorrows, summer is there deep down just waiting.
Don’t give up.
Your invincible summer will come again.
Until next week, I hope your life is full of joy and gratitude and little pink puffs of spring, too.
Linda Sterling Sease is a professional speaker, career coach & writer on the power of joy to transform companies, homes and communities. To explore how Linda can work with your organization, call 303-319-5829 or email her at Linda at SterlingSease.com.