Growth – refers to a positive change in size, and/or maturation often over a period of time. Growth can occur as a stage of maturation or a process toward fullness or fulfillment. (Wikipedia)
When I arrived home from a Spring Break trip with my family I saw the most amazing daffodils and budding tulips in my front garden. It was a bright, beautiful and sunshiny day. I was amazed because before my trip we had just experienced a two day blizzard and the ground was covered in snow.
Spring always brings me a sense of awe in the renewal of life.
My winter days sometimes seem long and difficult. Even with the 300 days of sunshine in beautiful Colorado, I still suffer some with SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder. The Mayo Clinic details this very common condition characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year. “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.” Statistics say, more than 3 million people in the US suffer from it per year.
Thankfully, my symptoms are relatively mild and I am able to manage it with diet, exercise and a walk with my dog on a regular basis.
Spring break trips with my family always mark a new time of hope and inspiration for me. It is the time I recognize that SAD is always just a temporary experience. The new growth in nature inspires me to renew my own will and optimism for the warm and wonder of the new season.
In practice, I see this with my clients. It may not be SAD, but maybe a relationship break up, a difficult person at work, or a habit or condition that is challenging. Every situation, as with all seasons, change and present new beauty and experiences – each offer the opportunity for new growth.
Today, I, like the bulbs once dormant, am coming to the surface. I have been more reclusive, yet have grown, and am now ready to express my glory, greatness and authenticity in the most courageous of ways. Like the bulbs I planted last fall in the soil, waiting for the right moment to break through, I am ready to grow into the new aspect of ME – My Essence.
What a privilege to expand my gifts through contributing to Cynthia James’ Book I Choose ME. My contribution shares the beginning of my journey. I tell of my birth and the ensuing fear and uncertainty I felt in my young life. I share some of why I spent much of my life “below the surface” empowering others’ into their power and greatness. I also declare that I have the awareness of the gifts I came to share to share with you and the world.
I Choose Me is already on the best seller list on Amazon and it has not even been released!